Our organization provided grant-funded restorative justice services at Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia from 2011 to 2014. This included over 120 circles to more than 260 students, staff and family members, and 6 students were trained in circle facilitation. Over 80% of the circles ended in an agreement, as shown in this graph:
During the program, Incidents of in-school and out-of-school suspensions continuously decreased, with in-school suspensions among the target population decreasing almost 90% between 2011 and 2013. A June 2013 assessment of the Armstrong program reported: “The vast majority of students and 100% of staff and administrators interviewed had an overall positive view of the program and saw it as relevant and useful for addressing conflict at school.”
To read the 2013 assessment of the program prepared by Lilyana Ortega, a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois/Urbana, download the “Evaluation of Armstrong High School Restorative School Program 2012-2013” (pdf).