Research has shown that adolescents’ school experiences and perceptions of the school climate can influence their attendance, motivation to learn, and health risk-taking behaviors. At the request of the Sequoia Union High School District, the Gardner Center collaborated with Sequoia High School in the 2011-12 academic year to develop and analyze the results of a survey instrument that tapped all SHS students’ viewpoints of the school environment (e.g., sense of safety). We also partnered with the Redwood City School District (RCSD) to examine the degree to which students’ perceptions of the school climate shift as they transition from middle school to high school. The Youth Data Archive was used to analyze key background characteristics of survey respondents, and track how RCSD students’ assessments of the school setting in the 8th grade change as they matriculate to the 9th grade at Sequoia High School.
Biag, M. and Sanchez, M. (2013). Examining students’ perceptions of school environment: Sequoia High School’s school climate survey. Stanford, CA: John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities.