Circles Components

  • Sitting in a circle, openly facing one another
  • A talking piece that is passed around, giving the holder the opportunity to speak
  • A center piece provides a unifying, central focal point, similar to gathering around a campfire
  • An opening to begin the circle process
  • Questions or prompts that are given by the circle keeper for all to respond to during “rounds”
  • A closing to the circle

We begin by building strong, positive relationships between all members of our school: students, teachers and administrators. These connections are formed through Level 1 Circles, which help to meet powerful human needs such as belonging and caring.

community building

conflict resolution

When conflict arises, resolution is accomplished through Level 2 Circles where all who are affected find resolution.

When inappropriate behavior occurs, rather than remove a student with a suspension, incidents are viewed as opportunities to learn important social skills. Together with those who have been affected, a Level 3 Circle brings together everyone who has been affected — immediately — to determine what should be done to make things right.

restorative conference

“I feel that our RJ circles help to clear the air and allow us to get rid of our problems. It helps to deal with each other in a safe space, get our feelings out in a respectful way, and help us to be cooperative and engaged.”

– Andreah, 9th grade student