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Social and Emotional Safety


Rockwood recognizes the importance of relationships. We want all students to have a Rockwood champion who is focused on helping them grow and thrive in this world. Educators build relationships with kids in order to make a difference. Research tells us that when kids have at least one positive relationship in their school, they are more successful in acquiring positive behaviors to support their learning. It’s important for students to understand who the trusted adults are in their lives, as well as answer the question: "Who is my champion?"

Parent University

An online resource builds awareness and support for parents as they learn about the school-to-home-to-community connections in five areas: Academics, Safety, Health, Social and Emotional Learning, and College and Career Readiness.


All elementary schools utilize this program that has been shown to decrease problem behaviors. It’s designed to promote school success, self-regulation, safety and support.

Crestview Middle students in front of a character education mural

Character Education

Character Education programs in every Rockwood school advocate for integrity, honesty, respect and other core ethical values to be incorporated into education for the betterment of our students. We believe character education helps behavioral challenges, promotes academic achievement and serves as a platform for bullying prevention.

Anti-Bullying Initiatives

Rockwood schools have anti-bullying initiatives to help train staff to recognize, stop and describe bullying. They also work to raise awareness in their schools and help spread the word that bullying is not tolerated.

School Climate

Education is a shared responsibility. It requires a partnership among students, teachers, parents, staff and community. Results from a bi-annual school climate survey provides direction for decision-making and long-range planning for the betterment of our schools.

Pathways Wellness Center

The Wellness Center created a specialized educational environment that prioritizes the overall well-being of students facing significant emotional challenges. The wellness center was designed to transform the way our community responds to students exposed to significant adverse childhood experiences, toxic stress, anxiety, depression, and other emotional and mental disorders. Through a multidisciplinary approach that includes students, families, and school personal we aim to help students overcome obstacles, build essential life skills, and achieve academic success.

Restorative Practices

Building on Rockwood's commitment to equity, we are working to embed restorative practices that proactively build school culture, climate and expectations. Restorative practices are processes that build healthy relationships and create a sense of, and commitment to, community in order to prevent and address conflict.

Codes of Conduct

Rockwood policies and regulations align with the critical imperative of maintaining a safe, orderly learning environment and our commitment to providing age-appropriate disciplinary response. Our Rockwood Student Handbook outlines the policies, regulations, consequences and discipline for our students.

Collaborating with Partner Agencies

Rockwood partners with local organizations to utilize community-based services in support of our students, staff and families, including our own Partners in Education program, as well as the St. Louis Children’s Services Fund.