Culture & discipline

Kids like it here. It’s a school that students want to attend. The climate and atmosphere is best described as “open/responsible”. While students are invited and encouraged to be themselves, the organizational culture expects them to live up to their responsibilities displaying integrity, within an international educational community. IPS students want to come to school because it’s fun, it’s safe –  it’s a place that allows middle school students to be themselves.

We are aware that boundaries and freedom within those boundaries is particularly important in middle school years when kids need to grow their independence (but with the support of adults). Some of the ways we achieve this:

  • We are a small school
  • Students quickly earn the privilege of calling teachers by their first names
  • Students understand what we are trying to accomplish
  • We provide encouragement finding that sweet spot of student discipline between freedom and responsibility

The Integrity Lesson.  How should we deal with things when we screw up? We have the luxury of being able to teach this lesson in the safety of a close-knit, small community.

  • Take responsibility
  • Make amends
  • Understand that there will be consequences
  • Learn from it
  • Move on

Student Discipline & The Integrity Lesson

  • Small coaching moments:
    • Stand up and apologize
    • Sorry for being late
    • Culture of respect for others and their needs
  • Student discipline progression
    • 1-5 scale
    • NB: we spend all our time on 1-2, so we do not have to get to 4-5
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Things Kids Like at IPS

(We asked!)


  • Having their own full kitchen
  • Meeting new friends
  • Having a locker
  • Not needing a lock on their locker
  • Calling teachers by first name
  • Having more than one teacher
  • Hanging out with kids of all ages


IPS feels more like a home than a school.  It’s a place where everyone, students and teachers, are treated as equals. The teachers are involved with us and genuinely care; we can both joke around,  and engage in serious conversations with our teachers who in turn encourage us to pursue interest and offer continuous support.

Quinn C.