What is a Glasser Quality School?

It is a school that has adopted an educational philosophy and practice based on Choice Theory. This believes that methods based on coercion (or "external control") do not work and are in fact incompatible with procedures that do lead to real educational change and personal growth. People grow best in a need-satisfying environment and this has major implications both for the relationships in a school and for the quality of the work students engage in.

What are the normal steps for a particular school to work towards becoming a Glasser Quality School?

A brief summary of the process to become a Glasser Quality School is described below

  1. FAMILIARISATION The Principal's role is vital in the implementation process. Before any formal training is begun, the Principal raises teacher, student and parent awareness of choice theory and reality therapy through readings and discussions of Dr. Glasser’s two books, Choice Theory: A New Psychology of Personal Freedom, and Every Student Can Succeed.

  2. COMMITMENT The school community of staff, parents and students make a firm commitment to move to a Glasser Quality School.

  3. TRAINING OF STAFF The Principal or School District offers formal training in choice theory and reality therapy to move more easily from coercive practices to those of lead management so that the learning environment is conducive to quality work. Schools are encouraged to maintain programs such as Cooperative Learning that are consistent with Dr. Glasser’s ideas.

  4. TRAINING OF ENTIRE SCHOOL COMMUNITY Students, teachers and even parents are taught choice theory to reach a common ground in establishing a supportive, caring environment and in building healthy relationships that contribute to school success.

  5. BECOMING AN OFFICIAL GLASSER QUALITY SCHOOL For any school to become a Glasser Quality School, it is necessary that at least a core group of staff complete the Institute Certification process through an Advanced Practicum, and hopefully, a Certification Week. A “core” group is defined by each school in consultation with the Institute instructor. It is also necessary to meet six special criteria as defined by the William Glasser Institute.

  6. CONSTANT PURSUIT OF QUALITY The Quality School will engage in constant self-evaluation of its progress. The school community will be in constant dialogue within itself to maintain the need-satisfying environment that is a Quality School. This will also mean an ongoing process of professional development and updating of skills.

What are the criteria that need to be achieved to be a Glasser Quality School?

  1. Relationships are based upon trust and respect, and all discipline problems, not incidents, have been eliminated.

  2. Total Learning Competency is stressed and an evaluation that is below competence or what is now a "B" has been eliminated. All schooling as defined by Dr. William Glasser has been replaced by useful education.

  3. All students do some Quality Work each year that is significantly beyond competence. All such work receives an "A" grade or higher, such as an "A+".

  4. Students and staff are taught to use Choice Theory in their lives and in their work in school. Parents are encouraged to participate in study groups to become familiar with the ideas of Dr. William Glasser.

  5. Students do better on state proficiency tests and college entrance examinations. The importance of these tests is emphasized in the school.

  6. Staff, students, parents and administrators view the school as a joyful place.

What are key concepts that drive the daily work of a Glasser Quality School?

These vary from school to school. For example, Murray High School refer often to the "RAMPS" agreement that students and staff sign at the beginning of the year. Here is another formulation of key concepts summarised as "CREAM":

What are the benefits of being a Glasser Quality School?

If I want to learn more about the Glasser Quality School what could I read?

The Following books by William Glasser MD:
Other materials:
These books and materials are usually available from The William Glasser Institute Ireland's Online Shop.

If I or my school is interested in exploring the idea who can we contact?

Initially it is best to contact the William Glasser Institute in your own country if possible.