Crew is a focus on character skills (Habits of a Scholar), social-emotional learning, and academic goal-setting. Crew provides each student a relationship with an adult crew leader at the school, as well as a consistent and ongoing small-scale peer community. The crew model ensures that all students have an adult monitoring their academic and social well-being. It sets the stage for the development of deeper relationships which increase feelings of belonging and supports all students’ success.

Purposes of Crew

Positive Culture: Build and maintain a positive school culture, climate, and community that connects to the broader community. Academic Advisement: Facilitate goal setting to develop college and career readiness.

Character Development: Develop and maturate Habits of a Scholar (character skills) and support social-emotional learning.

Adventure: Foster risk, fun, creativity and well-being in a safe environment.

Crew is also a preventative strategy against bullying. Prevention is the best way to address bullying, and the best prevention is proactive, positive relationship-building. See this article on bullying prevention in the Roaring Fork Schools.

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Role of a Crew Leader

An advocate who believes in all students’ ability to achieve socially and academically and serves as a point of contact with families, staff members, and other supports.

A facilitator who assists, guides, and enables the group to build strong relationships and work effectively.

A coach, mentor and role model who gives constructive feedback and provides opportunities for practice and problem-solving.

An academic advisor who helps set goals and monitor progress.

A keeper of the intentional culture of the school and purposes of crew.

As one crew leader said, “I’m on your side, I’m on your case, and I’m sticking with you no matter what.”