Online Survey of Los Gatos Saratoga Union High

Online Survey of Los Gatos Saratoga Union High

Online Survey of Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District Students, Parents, Teachers & Staff Summary Report May 2015 Project Purpose The purpose of the survey was to gather feedback from the school community including students, parents, teachers and staff at Los Gatos High School, Saratoga High School, Middle College, the Nova Program and within the administration regarding academics, campus life, teaching, stress, student harassment, competition, and other pertinent topics. Feedback from the school community will be used to make strategic decisions that will improve the schools and school experience for all groups. 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| Methodology Conducted March 25 April 15, 2015 4,086 total interviews, Margin of Error 1.5 percentage points District students were provided class time to complete the survey; District parents, teachers and staff were emailed a survey invitation, with up to 2 reminders for those who did not respond Throughout this presentation, valid responses only are shown, which means that respondents who answered dont know are removed from analysis, unless otherwise noted Student Parent Teacher Staff Totals Los Gatos Saratoga Middle College 1505 710 71 34 2320

1113 498 54 34 1699 20 6 1 0 27 NOVA Program 21 3 0 1 25 District Office/ Post Secondary 2 2 4 Please note that due to rounding, percentages may not add up to exactly 100% Total Response Rate 2659 1217 128 82 4,086 21% 78% 57% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| Key Findings Students, parents, teachers and staff at the Districts high schools are very happy with their schools. Quality of academics and instruction are areas of strength for both high schools.

Respondents from both high school communities indicate that Tutorial is an essential tool for keeping up with course work and connecting with teachers. Teachers and staff at both high schools rate most aspects of their jobs very positively. Areas on which to focus improvements include student stress levels, academic competition between students, and intolerance and harassment amongst students. 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| Student Profile 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| Student Demographics Gender Male Female Los Gatos 45% 50% Saratoga 49% 48% Ethnicity White Asian/Pacific Islander Other 68% 11% 22% 25% 53% 22% 50% 20% 30% 48% 5% 48% Sexuality

Straight Gay/Lesbian/ Bisexual/Other 84% 16% 88% 12% 75% 25% 76% 24% Home Zip 95030 95032 95033 95070 Other/Nothing 34% 41% 18% 1% 7% 4% 1% 0% 89% 6% 12% 35% 6% 41% 6% 17% 50% 17% 8% 8% 9% 7% 6% 6% 31% 17% 6% 13% 33%

10% 10% 7% 12% 68% 14% 13% 34% 13% 81% 5% 14% 67% Spanish Chinese Other Asian/PacIs Languages Spoken at Home Middle Eastern/Hindi Other None Middle College NOVA Program 50% 48% 50% 38% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| After Graduation Plans Los Gatos Students Los Gatos Parents Saratoga Students Saratoga Parents 2-year school 6% 6% 4% 5% 4-year school

81% 89% 88% 92% Tech/Vocational school 1% 1% 0% 0% Other 4% 1% 2% 1% Dont know 8% 4% 5% 3% Q68: As of right now, what are your/ your childs plans following graduation from high school? 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| Saratoga High School Saratoga High School Key Findings Students, parents, teachers and staff in the Saratoga High School community are very satisfied with the school. Ratings of the quality of academics and instruction are outstanding, and the community gives very positive feedback about teachers, learning tools like Tutorial and technology, and recognizing student achievement and success.

Teachers and staff rate most areas of their jobs very positively. Areas on which to focus improvements include addressing academic competition between students, student stress levels, the level of school spirit, and intolerance and harassment amongst students. 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| SHS Overall Satisfaction The majority of SHS students, parents, teachers and staff are happy with Saratoga HS. Strongly disagree Overall, I like attending SHS. 1 Overall, I feel enrolling my child at SHS2 was a good decision. Overall, I enjoy working at SHS. 3 Somewhat disagree 36% Somewhat agree 44% 47% 11% 37% 76% (SHS ONLY) Q61-Q63: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Strongly agree 9% 12% 4% 17% 6%1%

15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 1 Student Grade Self and Parent Assessments by School Most SHS students and parents give themselves an A or a B. Parents are slightly more generous in their grading. D/F/Poor Saratoga S... Saratoga ... Don't know C/ Fair 34% 44% Q7: What grade would you give yourself (student) / your child (parent) as a student, factoring in academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, and overall contribution to the student body and campus? (n=3876) B/ Good 46% A/ Excellent 13% 2%4% 40% Saratoga 13% 3% Parent; 0% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 1 SHS Attributes Ratings of LGHS are overwhelmingly positive. There is some room for improvement in the level of school spirit. Total % Positive (4-7) The overall quality of academics and 1 instruction SHS overall 2 24% 37% 20% 40% The quality of school buildings and

3 grounds 17% 26% The quality and availability of non4 academic programs 16% 28% The level of school spirit 5 11% Mean 16% 14% (SHS ONLY) Q14-Q18: Please rate the following general aspects of Saratoga High School using a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 5 7: Excellent 21% 11% 93% 22% 12% 94% 23% 23% 19% 6 21% 87% 20% 87% 60%

15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 1 SHS Academic Attributes SHS respondents rate academic attributes such as quality and availability of AP/Honors classes, the quality of library services and course materials very highly. Total % Positive (4-7) The quality and availability of AP/ Honors classes 1 The quality of library services 2 21% 31% The overall quality of course books, supplies, and learning materials 3 20% 34% The overall variety of courses 4 16% The overall learning environment 5 16% Teachers ability to keep students interested in course material 6 9% The non-college track course options 7 8% 28% Mean 5 32%

19% 33% 28% 21% 19% (SHS ONLY) Q19-Q28:Please rate the following aspects of academic programs at Saratoga/ High School using a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 16% 24% 27% 89% 16% 24% 24% 92% 17% 24% 26% 7: Excellent 13% 20% 29% 21% 6 94% 88% 88% 84% 76% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 1 SHS Learning Tools Most SHS students, parents, teachers and staff agree that the use of computers and technology and Tutorial effectively enhance learning and are essential for student learning. Strongly disagree

Tutorial is essential in helping me connect 1 and communicate with my teachers. 46% Tutorial is essential in helping me learn and 2 keep up with my coursework. 45% Computers and technology are utilized effectively to enhance my learning. 3 36% (SHS ONLY) Q35-37: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Somewhat disagree Somewhat agree Strongly agree 37% 12% 35% 47% 14% 6% 6% 13% 4% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 1 SHS School Job Ratings SHS receives excellent job ratings on honoring the diversity and differences of the student body and recognizing students for school performance and accomplishments. Total % Positive (4-7) Mean The job the school has done honoring the diversity and differences of the student 1 body 18%

25% 19% The recognition students receive for school 2 performance and accomplishments 17% 25% 21% The job the school has done fostering a 3 10% sense of global responsibility among students 19% The job the school has done fostering a love4 10% for learning among students 19% 20% 18% (SHS ONLY) Q45-Q46, Q49-Q50: Please rate the following aspects of campus life and student support services at Los Gatos High School/ Saratoga High School/ the NOVA program/ Middle College using a scale of 1 to 7,where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 5 6 7: Excellent 22% 83% 20% 28% 26% 84% 78% 73% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 1

SHS Administration and Student Support Systems SHS respondents give positive ratings of the SHS principal and assistant principals, guidance counselors and counseling office staff, and main office staff. Total % Positive (4-7) The effectiveness of the school principal 1 and assistant principals The effectiveness of the guidance counselors in addressing academic or personal problems 23% Mean 24% 18% 5 6 21% 7: Excellent 86% 2 22% 23% 17% 20% 82% The effectiveness of the counseling office staff in informing students about courses 3 needed for post-graduate plans 21% 23% 18% 20% 82% The effectiveness of the guidance counselors in helping you make decisions 4 relating to current and future courses 21% 22%

20% 19% 82% 22% 83% The effectiveness of the main office staff 5 15% 23% 22% (SHS ONLY) Q40-Q44: Please rate the following aspects of campus life and student support services at Los Gatos High School/ Saratoga High School/ the NOVA program/ Middle College using a scale of 1 to 7,where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 1 SHS Administration and Student Support Systems Most respondents agree that the SHS administration responds appropriately to student harassment complaints and that staff & teachers apply discipline fairly. Strongly disagree The administration responds appropriately 1 to student complaints regarding harassment and personal safety Staff and teachers communicate and apply 2 school discipline fairly Somewhat disagree 33% 27% 15% Strongly agree 45% 13% 53% Total % Positive (4-7) The manner in which the administration handles student harassment by other 1 students

Somewhat agree 19% 17% (SHS ONLY) Q58, Q60: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Q48: Please rate the following aspects of campus life and student support services at LGHS/SHS using a scale of 1 to 7,where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 14% Mean 25% 5 6 10% 6% 7: Excellent 76% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 1 SHS Teachers/Teaching A majority of SHS respondents agree that teachers provide students with adequate help and support. Strongly disagree Teachers provide me/students with adequate help and support Somewhat disagree 27% 1 My/my students homework, tests, &assignments are returned and graded in a 2 timely manner. 21% I am/my students are given opportunities to learn from mistakes & excel in my classes 4 once learning expectations are mastered. 21% 1

Your teachers/teachers ability to keep 2 students interested in course material 17% 48% 19% 52% 20% 47% Total % Positive (4-7) The manner in which teachers handle concerns/ questions Strongly agree 50% 24% I/my students receive helpful and actionable feedback needed to excel or improve 3 performance. Somewhat agree Mean 11% 22% 25% 9% 24% 28% (SHS ONLY) Q29-Q32, Q38: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Q27, Q47: Please rate the following aspects of campus life and student support services at LGHS/ SHS using a scale of 1 to 7,where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 23% 5 6 26% 24%

6% 9% 7% 10% 7: Excellent 84% 84% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 1 SHS Student Safety and Harassment SHS respondents say students feel safe and generally treat each other with respect, but nearly a third agree that intolerance and harassment are big problems among students. Strongly disagree I/My child/My students feel safe on the 1 school campus. I feel like I am generally treated with respect by other students./Students generally treat 2 each other with respect. The administration responds appropriately to student complaints regarding harassment3 and personal safety. Intolerance and harassment are big problems amongst the students. 4 9% Somewhat disagree Somewhat agree 69% 26% 40% 47% 33% 21% Strongly agree 45% 40%

(SHS ONLY) Q53-Q54, Q58-Q59: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. 3%3% 10% 4% 13% 10% 29% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 1 SHS Stress, Competition, & Emotional Health The majority of SHS students, parents, teachers and staff agree that there is a very high level of academic competition amongst students, and many disagree that students stress levels are appropriate. Strongly disagree There is a very high level of academic competition amongst the students. Somewhat disagree 81% 1 I/my child/my students sometimes need/s additional support to keep up with the coursework (see slide 18 re: satisfaction with2 support provided). 37% Course content is an appropriate difficulty 3 level for me/my child/my students. My/my childs/my students stress level is 4 appropriate. Somewhat agree 14% 15% 2% 1% 39% 34% 49%

36% (SHS ONLY) Q33-Q34, Q51, Q56: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Strongly agree 26% 16% 8% 12% 4% 24% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 2 SHS Teacher/ Staff Attributes SHS teachers and staff rate most aspects of their job very positively, and are particularly positive about their confidence in their colleagues. Total % Positive (4-7) 4 40% The confidence you feel in your coll... 34% 35% The salary and benefits you receive from the Di... 34% 32% How your daily duties align with your official job descr... 34% The amount of time you spend doing work outside of school day... The way the District uses its financial res... 12% The input you have in major dec... 6% 12% 14% 20% 20% 16% (SHS TEACHERS/STAFF SHS ONLY) Q69-Q77: Please rate the following aspects your working environment at Los Gatos High

School/ Saratoga High School/ the NOVA program/ Middle College using a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 17% 88% 14% 13% 88% 21% 17% 13% 7% 99% 14% 11% 84% 35% 17% 23% 14% 10% 91% 26% 25% 7: Excellent 17% 7% 93% 25% 29% Opportunities for professional development and collaboration among teachers and... 6 29% Your overall working envir... The administrations ability to respond to changes in state/ local educational ... 5 21% 26% 64% 71% 64% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 2 Los Gatos High School Los Gatos High School Key Findings

Overall, respondents in the Los Gatos High School community are very satisfied with the school. The overwhelming majority of students, parents, teachers and staff are glad they attend/send their kids to/work at LGHS. The LGHS community is particularly satisfied with the quality and variety of academic programs and AP/Honors courses, the level of school spirit, and the use of learning tools. Almost all LGHS respondents view Tutorial as an essential tool for keeping up with course work and connecting with teachers. Areas on which to focus improvements include student stress levels, academic competition between students, and intolerance and harassment amongst students. 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 2 LGHS Overall Satisfaction LGHS students, parents, and teachers & staff are overwhelmingly satisfied with LGHS. Strongly disagree Overall, I like attending LGHS. 1 Overall, I feel enrolling my child at 2 LGHS was a good decision. Overall, I enjoy working at LGHS. Somewhat disagree 58% (LGHS ONLY) Q61-Q63: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Strongly agree 32% 68% 3 Somewhat agree

24% 89% 6% 4% 5% 3% 10% 1% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 2 Student Grade Self and Parent Assessments by School The vast majority of LGHS students and parents give students and A or B. D/F/Poor Los Gatos S... Los Gatos ... Don't know C/ Fair 39% 47% Q7: What grade would you give yourself (student) / your child (parent) as a student, factoring in academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, and overall contribution to the student body and campus? (n=3876) B/ Good 43% 35% A/ Excellent 13% 2%3% Los12% Gatos 5% Parent; 0% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 2 LGHS Attributes Ratings of LGHS are overwhelmingly positive. Total % Positive (4-7) The level of school spirit LGHS overall 56%

1 The quality of school buildings and 2 grounds 35% The quality and availability of non- 4 academic programs 35% 26% 5 6 26% 37% 3 The overall quality of academics and 5 instruction Mean 36% 42% 34% 40% (LGHS ONLY) Q9-Q13: Please rate the following general aspects of Los Gatos High School using a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 7: Excellent 10% 5% 98% 16% 8% 96% 14% 6% 97% 17% 10% 95% 21% 9% 96%

15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 2 LGHS Academic Attributes Ratings of LGHS academics are high, particularly the quality and availability of AP/Honors classes, variety of courses, and quality of library services. Total % Positive (4-7) The quality and availability of AP/ Honors 1 classes The overall variety of courses The quality of library services 42% 2 36% 3 35% The overall quality of course books, supplies, and learning materials 4 The overall learning environment 5 The non-college track course options 6 Teachers ability to keep students interested 7 in course material Mean 34% 32% 37% 23% 14% 6 34% 30% 18% 5 28%

27% (LGHS ONLY) Q22-Q28: Please rate the following general aspects of Los Gatos High School using a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 13% 17% 16% 28% 9% 96% 11% 97% 22% 20% 7% 96% 13% 96% 18% 39% 7: Excellent 11% 95% 21% 21% 87% 90% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 2 LGHS Learning Tools Most LGHS students, parents, teachers and staff agree that Tutorial is essential in helping students learn, connect and communicate with their teachers. Strongly disagree Somewhat disagree Somewhat agree Strongly agree Tutorial is essential in helping me/my child/my students learn and keep up with 1 my/their coursework. 57%

29% 9% 4% Tutorial is essential in helping me/my child/ my students connect and communicate with2 my/their teachers. 56% 31% 9% 4% Computers and technology are utilized effectively to enhance my/my child's/my 3 students' learning. 40% (LGHS ONLY) Q35-37: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. 44% 12% 4% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 2 LGHS School Job Ratings LGHS students, parents, teachers and staff give very strong ratings of the schools job recognizing performance and accomplishments and honoring the diversity of the student body. Total % Positive (4-7) The job the school has done honoring the diversity and differences of the student 1 body The recognition students receive for school2 performance and accomplishments 23% 19% Mean 24% 16% 27% The job the school has done fostering a love3 for learning among students 16% 24%

The job the school has done fostering a sense of global responsibility among 4 students 16% 22% 20% 22% 21% (LGHS ONLY) Q45-Q46, Q49-Q50: Please rate the following aspects of campus life and student support services at Los Gatos High School/ Saratoga High School/ the NOVA program/ Middle College using a scale of 1 to 7,where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 5 6 21% 23% 22% 23% 7: Excellent 84% 88% 84% 83% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 2 LGHS Administration and Student Support Systems LGHS student support services are rated positively. Total % Positive (4-7) The effectiveness of the school principal 1 and assistant principals 31% The effectiveness of the main office staff 2 26% The effectiveness of the counseling office staff in informing students about courses 3 needed for post-graduate plans

24% The effectiveness of the guidance counselors in helping you make decisions relating to 4 current and future courses The effectiveness of the guidance counselors5 in addressing academic or personal problems Mean 5 27% 16% 28% 25% 6 15% 17% 16% 7: Excellent 20% 19% 92% 84% 22% 23% 16% 19% 80% 22% 23% 15% 19% 79% (LGHS ONLY) Q40-Q44: Please rate the following aspects of campus life and student support services at Los

Gatos High School using a scale of 1 to 7,where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 90% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 3 LGHS Administration and Student Support Systems LGHS respondents indicate that generally, the administration responds appropriately to complaints regarding harassment and personal safety, and staff and teachers apply school discipline fairly, but there is some room for improvement. Strongly disagree The administration responds appropriately 1 to student complaints regarding harassment and personal safety Staff and teachers communicate and apply 2 school discipline fairly Somewhat disagree 36% 29% 20% Strongly agree 42% 48% Total % Positive (4-7) The manner in which the administration handles student harassment by other 1 students Somewhat agree Mean 22% (LGHS ONLY) Q58, Q60: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Q48: Please rate the following aspects of campus life and student support services at LGHS/SHS using a scale of 1 to 7,where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 17% 5 6

22% 14% 8% 16% 7% 7: Excellent 81% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 3 LGHS Teachers/Teaching The majority of LGHS respondents agree that their teachers provide adequate support, return assignments in a timely manner, give helpful and actionable feedback, and give opportunities to learn from mistakes. Strongly disagree Teachers provide me/students with adequate help and support Somewhat disagree 37% 1 I am/my students are given opportunities to learn from mistakes & excel in my classes 2 once learning expectations are mastered. 28% My/my students homework, tests, &assignments are returned and graded in a 4 timely manner. 28% Your teachers/teachers ability to keep 2 students interested in course material 16% 14% 12% 3% 47% 16% 52% Mean

28% 27% (LGHS ONLY) Q29-Q32, Q38: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Q27, Q47: Please rate the following aspects of campus life and student support services at LGHS using a scale of 1 to 7,where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 19% 5 22% 28% 6% 16% 47% Total % Positive (4-7) 1 Strongly agree 48% 30% I/my students receive helpful and actionable feedback needed to excel or improve 3 performance. The manner in which teachers handle concerns/ questions Somewhat agree 6 4% 6% 7: Excellent 22% 21% 89% 90% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 3 LGHS Student Safety and Harassment Although nearly two-thirds agree that students feel safe on campus and are generally treated with respect, over a third agree that intolerance and harassment are big problems amongst students. Strongly

disagree Somewhat disagree I/My child/My students feel safe on the 1 school campus. 70% I feel like I am generally treated with respect by other students./Students generally treat 2 each other with respect. 4 36% 14% 46% 42% 24% (LGHS ONLY) Q53-Q54, Q58-Q59: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Strongly agree 25% 42% The administration responds appropriately to student complaints regarding harassment3 and personal safety. Intolerance and harassment are big problems amongst the students. Somewhat agree 36% 3%2% 8% 14% 4% 8% 26%

15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 3 LGHS Stress, Competition, & Emotional Health Forty percent of LGHS respondents disagree that students stress levels are appropriate, and a majority agree that there is a high level of academic competition amongst students. Strongly disagree There is a very high level of academic competition amongst the students. Course content is an appropriate difficulty 2 level for me/my child/my students. My/my childs/my students stress level is 4 appropriate. Somewhat agree 45% 1 I/my child/my students sometimes need/s additional support to keep up with the 3 coursework. Somewhat disagree 43% 32% 21% (LGHS ONLY) Q33-Q34, Q51, Q56: Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements. Strongly agree 42% 10% 4% 47% 8% 2% 38% 39% 19% 22%

11% 18% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 3 LGHS Teacher/ Staff Attributes LGHS teachers and staff appear to be extremely satisfied with their work. Total % Positive (4-7) Your overall working envir... 50% The salary and benefits you receive from the Di... 49% 4 5 How your daily duties align with your official job descr... 34% Opportunities for professional development and collaboration among teachers and... 31% The administrations ability to respond to changes in state/ local educational ... 24% The amount of time you spend doing work outside of school day... 22% The way the District uses its financial res... 16% The input you have in major dec... 14% (LGHS TEACHERS/STAFF ONLY ) Q69-Q77: Please rate the following aspects your working environment at Los Gatos High School/ Saratoga High School/ the NOVA program/ Middle College using a scale of 1 to 7, where 1 means very poor and 7 means excellent. 7: Excellent 36% 10%4%99% 28% 39%

The confidence you feel in your coll... 6 14% 5% 95% 42% 13% 5% 99% 39% 29% 39% 19% 13% 22% 17% 15% 7% 94% 16% 18% 24% 26% 23% 15% 90% 14% 94% 78% 22% 20% 85% 73% 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 3 Contacts Ruth Bernstein [email protected] 510-550-8922 Jessica Polsky [email protected] 510-703-9200 Kate Worth [email protected] 510-550-8931 15-5553 LGSJUHSD Survey| 3

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