The Cornerstone School’s educational philosophy clearly states that students will develop their potential “in an atmosphere that fosters honesty, trust, openness, and respect for the dignity of all people.” With this philosophy in mind, The Cornerstone School implemented the Tribes program (Gibbs, 2006) in 2006. Our qualified Tribes TLC trainers are authorized to facilitate the Tribes TLC Basic, Middle School, High School, Artistry for Learning, After School, and Parent Courses within The Cornerstone School.
The Tribes Program
The Tribes program is defined as a process that builds a community of learners, a caring culture, and a responsive education that is learner/student centered. It further promotes growth of positive interpersonal relationships that create a pattern of interaction that builds on the four Tribes Agreements:
These agreements ensure consistent implementation of behavioral expectations and promotes positive interaction among adults and students. It is a process rather than an end.
Our Tribes Learning Community integrates into the classroom curriculum and is part of the culture of the school. It provides for valuable inter-grade connections among students and provides for opportunities to foster long term relationships. It is the norm rather than the exception for students of all ages to know each other’s names.
Together, everyone participates in creating a healthy school environment. Caring for and being valued by others, participation, positive expectations and support are all necessary components of the Tribes process that promotes human growth and learning.
We are proud to say, “We are a Tribes school!”