The School Improvement team has completed the end of the year surveys with students, alumni, and parents. We appreciate your participation as this information is vital to our process as we triangulate data to assess the school improvement process. As the School Improvement team works through this process, we are learning how to reform questions and responses. Changing the variables from one survey to the next does not allow us to chart changes, but we have provided the spring survey results with a small write up sharing comparable data from the fall surveys.
Students in grades 6-12 were surveyed in the fall and spring of this school year. Over 90% of students stated that they understood the purpose and expectations of Aquinas Catholic, and feel that the curriculum is challenging and full of learning experiences. Over 90% also feel the principal and teachers have high expectations for students. A few areas for the school to look at are rules being applied equally and student opinions being shared in regards to ways to improve Aquinas.
The faculty surveys are used by the administration and staff to identify areas where improvements can be made. The administration and faculty are currently addressing ways to improvement communication and ways for teachers to have more time to plan lessons. Time management is complicated by the desire to offer more classes while teachers are busy with current class loads and extra-curricular duties.
The parent survey was sent out via email and 65 families responded. Recent school shootings may have impacted the drop (95% down to 78%) in parents believing Aquinas offers a safe learning environment. Parental confidence in teacher to promote learning stayed in the 95% rage. Parent concerns for areas of learning increased in many subjects; this might be attributed to more advanced material being introduced in the second semester. Parents would like to see Aquinas continue to work on improving scores in math and science. While these are often difficult subjects, our ACT scores do reflect that our students score about the state and national average.
Our alumni results show 98% are or were in college over the last five years. Of those, 86% feel their Aquinas teachers are knowledgeable in their content area and 80% feel confident in the schools ability to prepare students for future learning. One area of concern is the preparation and use of digital technology.
Again, we’d like to thank everyone for their input. We will continue to evaluate and look at ways to improve ALL curriculum areas. Aquinas strives to provide a well-rounded Catholic education to all students.