Our Guiding Principles

Citizenship: We act responsibly and respectfully.

  • We take responsibility for our actions.
  • We treat others the way we want to be treated.
  • We acknowledge that the best solution for one individual may be different for another individual.
  • We are willing to be flexible and vulnerable.
  • We acknowledge mistakes and learn from them.
  • We name our emotions and explore positive and productive ways to express our thoughts and feelings.  

Acceptance: We welcome everyone into our community.

  • We strive to foster a climate of inclusion of all people.
  • We practice an unconditional and positive regard for ourselves and others.
  • We work hard to build positive relationships between ourselves and others.
  • We believe in community-building circles to create and sustain a positive culture.
  • We value the diversity of racial and cultural identity and background, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religious background.
  • We value the diversity of family structure, mental and physical health and ability, political perspective, and educational and class status.

Growth: We view all situations as an opportunity to learn and grow.

  • We push ourselves and others to always grow and improve.
  • We examine our actions and continually seek opportunities to recognize strengths and develop new skills.
  • We are open to feedback.
  • We can take space, regroup and then return to the situation.
  • We believe in growth mindset, a belief that intelligence can be developed.
  • We understand that extra time and effort leads to high achievement. 

Safety: We work hard to ensure a physically and emotionally safe environment.

  • We take responsibility for making our community safe for everyone.
  • We work together to restore balance when safety is compromised.
  • We use restorative justice circles to take ownership, to understand the impact of our actions on the community and to rebuild relationships.   
  • We are a bully-free zone.
  • We are a team-oriented environment.
  • We believe in working together to achieve our individual and collective goals.
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Clifford Academy

  399 Lincoln Rd, Walpole, MA 02081

  Phone: (508) 668-7703
  Fax: (508) 660-9639
  Email: cliffordacademy@thehome.org

  PRINCIPAL: Rene Dickhaut

Clifford Academy is a relationship-centered learning community where students, staff, families and community members work collaboratively to develop every student’s academic, social, emotional, physical and ethical potential in a caring and safe environment.