School Climate Survey

High School Student Version

The High School Student Version Revised consists of 42 descriptive statements about prevailing school conditions, (e.g., "Teachers at my school help students with their problems") Students respond on a five-point Likert scale ranging from “Strongly Agree” to “Strongly Disagree,” depending on how well they think that the statement describes their school.

Scoring

Respondents answer on a five-point Likert scale rating their perceptions of various aspects of the school climate.

The responses are coded in the following manner:  strong agree = 5, agree = 4, not sure = 3, disagree = 2, strongly disagree = 1. Items 1, 3, 7, 14, 18, 20, 25, 31, 32, 34, 35, 39, 40, and 41 are reverse scored after the frequency analysis on individual items have been performed, but before means of the variables are computed or any inferential analysis completed.

These items are reverse scored because agreement with them reflects negative opinions of school climate. A positive view of the climate should elicit disagreement with these items.

All variables are scored in the positive direction:  the higher the score on the variable, the greater the amount of that quality that students perceive the school as having. The highest possible mean score on a variable is 5.0. The lowest possible mean score is 1.0. 

For example, if Student-Teacher Relations has an overall mean of 4.5, this means that the students believe that the level of caring, respect and trust that exists between students and teachers in the school is high. (See table 2 for a description of the variables and the items that define them.)

Table 2:  School Climate Variables, Revised High School Student Version

Variable

Definition

Reliability

Sharing of Resources
(Items: 14, 18, 31, 37, 39)

Equal student opportunity to participate in school activities, materials, and equipment.

0.62

Order and Discipline
(Items:1, 3, 4, 20, 35, 41)

Appropriateness of student behavior in the school setting.

0.72

Parent Involvement
(Items: 7, 9, 13, 21, 24, 26)

Frequency of parent participation in school activities.

0.71

SchoolBuilding
(Items: 15, 16, 25, 32, 34, 38, 42)

The appearance of the school building.

0.72

Student Interpersonal Relations
(Items: 2, 5, 11, 19, 27, 28, 30, 33, 36)

The levels of caring, respect, and trust that exists among students in the school.

0.88

Student-Teacher Relations
(Items: 6, 8, 10, 12, 17, 22, 23, 29, 40 )

The level of caring, respect, and trust that exists between students and teachers in the school.

0.89