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Progressive Discipline

Santa Teresa High School administration and staff has a defined progressive set of interventions, remediations, and consequences that schools follow when a student misbehaves: 

Parent Contact – verbal or written communication with the parent or guardian

Restorative Counseling – individual or group meetings of the student. Restorative Counseling Team (RCT), which consist of teachers, student advisors, administrators, parents, and the student to address the behavior issue and develop a plan of action to correct the student’s behavior. 

Personal Responsibility – students participate in directed activities such as written apologies, restitution, school/community service, conflict resolution skills
Detention – Students participate in behavior modification for a period of 30 minutes to 1 hour during non-instructional time
Campus Beautification – remediation work such as graffiti removal, cleaning and paper pick up, and other appropriate activities
Parent Conference – a formal meeting between the parents or guardians and school personnel to discuss the student’s needs
In-School Suspension – assignment of student to separate supervised activity during the school day with the intent of correcting inappropriate activity.
Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion

According to the California Education Code 48900, students can be suspended from school or recommended for suspension or expulsion for acts committed on school grounds, while traveling to or from school, during lunch period whether on or off campus, during or while traveling to a school sponsored activity.

Acts that may lead to suspension or expulsion include threats; violence; damage or theft of school or private property; possession or use of tobacco, drugs and weapons; hate violence; sexual harassment; and hazing. For more information please see the following links:


Research shows that the most effective discipline systems use proactive strategies to prevent discipline problems.   Before consequences are given, students must first be supported in learning the skills necessary to enhance a positive school climate and avoid negative behavior. In the event of misconduct, it is essential to the student’s future that consequences are appropriate and sequential. 

Standards of Conduct

To encourage a consistent, firm, and fair culture of discipline that affirms positive behavior, Santa Teresa High School has adopted a school-wide standard of conduct that includes the rights and responsibilities of students, a student code of conduct, interventions for specific disruptive behaviors, and appropriate consequences. To find out more, visit the webpage of the ESUHSD - Student Discipline

21st Century Skills in Student Discipline and Behavior

As public schools continue the transition to Common Core Standards and Smarter Balance Assessment

System of computer adaptive testing its crucial that the district evolves into teaching 21st century work and life skills and to assess students success in those skills. According to Tony Wagner, researcher and author of the book “The Global Achievement Gap” (2008), states that students need to learn critical thinking and problem solving skills in order to be competitive in today’s society and having only basics will is not sufficient. Therefore it is imperative that the district and its community adapts and practices the 5Cs. 

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills

  • Breaking a whole into its parts and examining them so that the structure and meaning of the whole are understood.
  • Evaluating evidence, examining claims and questioning facts to make judgments based upon criteria.
  • Combining parts to build understanding of a whole concept or to form a new or unique whole.
  • Assessing efficiently and effectively, evaluating information critically and competently, and using information accurately and creatively.

Creative Thinking Skills

  • Contributing to details that expand, enrich or embellish.
  • Being open and responsive to new, diverse ideas and strategies and moving freely among them.
  • Generating multiple responses to a problem or an idea.
  • Creating ideas and solutions that are novel or unique to the individual, group or situation.

Communication Skills

  • Articulating thoughts and ideas effectively using spoken and written communication skills in various environments.
  • Listening effectively to decipher meaning, knowledge, values, attitudes and intentions.
  • Using communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade).
  • Utilizing multiple media and technologies to communicate, and knowing how to judge their effectiveness and assess their impact.
  • Communicating effectively in diverse environments (including multi-lingual).

Collaboration Skills

  • Demonstrating the ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams to reach a group goal.
  • Exercising flexibility and willingness to make necessary compromises to accomplish a goal.
  • Accepting shared responsibility for collaborative work and valuing individual contributions made by each team member.
  • Choosing and using appropriate tools for the task and applying them to real-world situations in ways that add value to communication, collaboration and creativity.

Civic Engagement

  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of social justice and equity.
  • Learning the ability to handle conflicts, be adaptable and appreciate multiple perspectives. Works well with others despite differences.
  • Developing cross-cultural skills to grow a deeper understanding and appreciation of different cultures and societies.
  • Applying a broad range of educational approaches, such as a whole child education, service learning, social-emotional learning and civic education.

Encouraged and Expected Student Behaviors

All STHS Students will:


Attend school daily, on time, and actively participate in all classes

Produce quality work that meets the highest classroom standards

Bring all necessary materials to class, including completed assignments and homework

Set aside time every day to complete homework

Limit television viewing. Read daily

Know and follow all school and class rules

Respect themselves, the school, classmates, staff, family, and the community

Use appropriate language at all times when communicating with others

Avoid negative peer pressure and activities

Regularly communicate with parents and teachers about their progress in school

Commit to remain in school with the objective of graduating on time

Believe that they can and will learn.

The Role of Parents and Guardians


School rules are designed to teach children to be responsible, respectful, and safe. Parents and guardians have a key role in maintaining welcoming, safe campus environments that are conducive to learning. 

Parents and guardians are urged to review district and school standards of conduct and rules with their children at the start of each school year, with special emphasis during critical transitional years when children move from elementary to middle school, and from middle to high school. Reinforcing positive behavior and acknowledging children for demonstrating appropriate conduct is important. If parents or guardians spot a behavior problem, they should contact school staff, who will partner with them to find solutions.
Santa Teresa High School is committed to strong partnerships between home and school to establish and enforce appropriate standards of conduct for students.  In the event of student misconduct, teachers, school or district personnel will contact parents first, unless the infraction is so serious that police notification is mandated.  
For more information please view the following website ESUHSD - *Parent Handbook
School Safety-Discipline Team
LAURA WHITE Staff Account (408) 347-6214 Advisor (A-L)

All are located in the Attendance Office in the 500 Building.