Behavior Expectations:

The R School approach to discipline is founded on developmentally appropriate expectations and is mindful of children’s individual needs. We encourage self and community-awareness, personal responsibility, and consideration for self and others through the development of respectful relationships and provision of supportive guidance when conflicts or frustrations arise. 

Although we believe that challenging behavior is often the result of lagging skills or other unmet needs, we must also maintain a safe and secure environment for all children. Therefore, the following guidelines, in various combinations and methodology, will be used to address specific behavior concerns:

  • Verbal Guidance & Correction / Redirection
  • Reflection / Mindfulness / Regulation Activities
  • Removal from Class / Separation from Activities
  • Documentation / Parental Updates & Conferences
  • Request for Professional Assessment / Intervention
  • Call to Parent for Immediate Pick up
  • Temporary or Permanent Dismissal from the Program

Students who pose a danger to self or others may dismissed immediately without other interventions. All other behavior issues will be categorized according to the following descriptions:

  1. Disengaged
  2. Disrespectful
  3. Disruptive
  4. Dangerous
  5. Deadly

Level 1:  Disengaged Behavior

Students disengage for a variety of reasons, and R School teachers and staff will attempt to keep students engaged through active, hands-on projects and activities. We may request parent-teacher conferences to address concerns about student engagement or request assistance in other ways. Disengaged behavior may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Passive resistance to activities or other expectations
  • Repeated lack of effort, failure to submit work as assigned, and general lack of engagement
  • Anti-social, isolated behavior with peers

Level 2:  Disrespectful Behavior

Disrespect toward others or self is something we monitor, document, and redirect to help everyone in the R School community feel comfortable and experience the best possible learning environment. Disrespect toward self or others may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Lying to or purposefully misleading teachers, staff, or peers (minor issue)
  • Non-physical conflict with teachers, staff, or peers (name-calling, exclusion, talking over, etc.)
  • Inappropriate use of technology
  • Purposeful lack of effort to submit work or meet expectations with disregard for teacher and staff efforts to help, guide, or assist
  • Minor theft, cheating, or vandalism.

Level 3:  Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behavior is behavior that negatively affects the learning environment of self or of other students, and as a result, diminishes the experience for others.  Disruptive behavior may include, but is not limited to the following:

  • Lying to or purposefully misleading teacher or staff or peers (minor or major issue, but not dangerous)
  • Inappropriate use of technology, including use of personal cell phone without permission, unauthorized use of school devices, etc
  • Verbal or physical (non-violent) resistance to academic or behavioral expectations that don’t put self or others in danger but do disrupt the learning of others
  • Threats (verbal or physical) of physical or emotional harm, name calling, and disruptive but not dangerous behavior
  • Conflict with peers that includes minor, physical or social/emotional disruption
  • Repeated difficulty with keeping hands to self, touching other students and their belongings without permission, or invading others' personal space in other ways
  • Lack of engagement, behavior is disrupting the learning of others (banging toys, moving educational items during activities, misusing activity props or materials, purposefully distracting others who are trying to participate, etc)
  • Theft, cheating, or vandalism

Level 4:  Dangerous

  • Leaving class, building, or approved areas without permission / refusing to remain with the group when transitioning from one area to another
  • Verbal threats or outbursts directed at students, teachers, or staff that cause or could cause harm to self or others 
  • Encouragement or coercion of dangerous behaviors by others
  • Physical violence / behavior including fighting or instigating physical fights with others, throwing objects, breaking toys and other materials, or mishandling items in ways that might cause harm to others
  • Inappropriate use of technology (search, download, view, or access in any way while on campus or with any R School devices: sexually explicit, discriminatory, defamatory or libelous material)
  • Bullying (see attached)
  • Behavior that purposefully or because of negligence or misbehavior, endangers self or others (examples: goofing around in woodworking class while using the skill saw) 

Level 5:  Deadly

  • Purposeful endangerment of self or others, including extreme physical violence and other behaviors
  • Explicit threats of violence to self or others
  • Encouragement or coercion of dangerous behaviors
  • Possession of dangerous substances, including but not limited to weapons, illegal drugs, or alcohol
  • Bullying (see attached)
  • Escalated or continuous behaviors described in Level 3 over a period of of a class or activity.


Any of the above behaviors may ultimately lead R School to recommend or require the intervention of other professionals, including learning, behavior, emotional, occupational, and psychological specialists. These interventions are not covered in the regular tuition and fees and, therefore, may require additional financial obligation from parents/guardians. 

R School teachers and staff are continually striving to address the unique needs of all students and will always attempt to design behavior expectations and interventions that help the students develop strengths in academics as well as in social and emotional behaviors. Teachers and staff view behavior concerns as symptoms of unmet needs and therefore do not attempt to "fix" or "correct" behaviors without also considering interventions to identify and address the unmet needs of the students.  However, we must also create expectations for students that maximize the potential of R School for everyone. 

See our Statement of Beliefs about Student Behavior for more information on our philosophy.