The consequences of bullying don’t just affect a teenager’s social dynamics — substantial research shows that bullying has an increased effect on academic performance as well. Students who experience bullying — whether at public, private or college prep boarding schools — cannot succeed in academics and pursue their full potential. At Wasatch Academy, we believe that every student deserves the right to excel academically — which is why we have absolutely zero tolerance for bullying of any kind.
Bullied Students Less Likely to Attend School
How exactly does bullying affect academics? Students who are the victims of bullying are much less likely to attend school, much less like school — two critical factors associated with academic success. To further complicate this problem, students who are already doing poorly in school are more likely to become the victims of bullying, thus turning the issue into a self-fulfilling problem.
This vicious cycle has caused many college prep boarding schools, including Wasatch Academy, to encourage and foster a community of mutual respect built upon the principles of kindness and dignity for all students.
The Solution to the Bullying Epidemic
What’s the solution to the bullying issue? Experts at college prep boarding schools and public schools alike agree that addressing the issue of bullying is a collective challenge that involves both faculty members and students. The first step towards eradicating bullying in schools involves dissolving the norm that mean behavior is acceptable among adolescents.
The solution to the widespread issue of bullying and its detrimental effects on academics isn’t simply solved with an anti-bullying campaign (although such a campaign can certainly be helpful); the school must actively promote, display and live the principles of anti-bullying.
The Wasatch Academy No-Bullying Stance
At Wasatch Academy, we want each of our students to succeed both academically and socially. We’ve adopted a moral stance against bullying to not only ensure that our students excel in these areas, but that they go on to become college students who do the same.