DisciplineThe Ampersand School approach to discipline is a minimalist one that is founded on common sense. We begin by instituting the fewest rules necessary to maintain a positive learning environment. Misbehavior is often merely the symptom of a deeper issue, so when we see a student acting out we try to determine the reason and proactively find a solution. Sometimes it’s just a matter of modifying the curriculum to accommodate students with special needs. We don’t give detention or hold Saturday school, and suspension is very rare. We believe in fitting the punishment to the “crime,” but it has to accomplish the goal of encouraging the student to curtail improper behavior. We have found that treating students with respect solves, and even prevents, most disciplinary problems. Plus, giving them the responsibility of making the right choices instills a sense of pride that will facilitate their development as contributing members of society.