By Authentic Connections

Research shows that safe and welcoming school environments and the presence of supportive adults are key to student well-being (Ebbert and Luthar, 2021). In a new white paper, from Authentic Connections, based on results from the High Achieving Schools Survey administered to schools in fall 2020, AC shares the aspects of school climate most closely linked with levels of student anxiety, depression, rule-breaking, and substance use. They also delve into differences between demographic subgroups to better understand the experiences of minority groups. Finally, they share focus areas and recommendations for schools to consider as they think about how best to support student well-being in the coming academic year.