Peer Connection and Support

Students who report feeling connected to, supported by, and respected by their peers demonstrate higher levels of engagement in school,1 – 3 and report feeling more connected to their school.4

Students reported higher levels of school connectedness when they and their peers:

  • got to know each other well in classes.
  • were interested in getting to know other students.
  • enjoy doing things with each other in school activities.
  • enjoy working together on projects in classes.4
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Peer Connection and Support

These skills can help foster strong connections among students.

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