The Peer Mediation is a vital school program in which students are trained to help their peers work out their problems. Fourth graders are invited to complete an application (which includes an essay) in October. They must have the recommendation of their teacher based on grades and citizenship. Parents must sign their permission on the application. If selected these students are asked to commit to being a peer mediator for two years.They receive at least one day of training at school from the guidance counselor.Techniques such as Mediation Process, Paraphrasing, Brainstorming, Role Playing, and Open-ended Listening skills are taught during training.
Each mediator receives a Peer Mediation booklet that is used during mediations. Mediators may purchase a peer mediator shirt. The peer mediators work with a partner before school, during one recess, lunch or part of specials to complete mediations. Parents, students, teachers, and administrators may refer students for mediation.The process takes place in the guidance office.