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North Hills Preparatory Parent Survey Results Spring 2012
Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree 2012 Parent Survey Results Total Responses: 322 (Total Enrollment: 1448) Enrollment as of 2/17/2012 Lines indicate the percentage of agree and strongly agree responses for 2011 at North Hills Logos indicate the percentage of agree and strongly agree responses for 2012 Uplift average Survey Question #5: I’m satisfied with the level of education provided to my child(ren). Survey Question #7: My child feels safe and secure in the school environment. Survey Question #8: My child’s school has a welcoming environment. Survey Question #9: My child is motivated and wants to come to school. Survey Question #11: I am confident my child will be adequately prepared to go to college.
Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree 2012 Parent Survey Results Total Responses: 322 (Total Enrollment: 1448) Enrollment as of 2/17/2012 Lines indicate the percentage of agree and strongly agree responses for 2011 at North Hills Logos indicate the percentage of agree and strongly agree responses for 2012 Uplift average Survey Question #12: High, yet achievable goals are set for my child. Survey Question #13: Basic subjects (science, math, English, & social studies) are thoroughly covered. Survey Question #14: The classwork and homework assignments have been challenging and enriching. Survey Question #15: Teachers are professional, setting a good example for students. Survey Question #16: Teachers are enthusiastic, creative and encourage a desire to learn.
Strongly Agree Agree Not Sure Disagree Strongly Disagree 2012 Parent Survey Results Total Responses: 322 (Total Enrollment: 1448) Enrollment as of 2/17/2012 Lines indicate the percentage of agree and strongly agree responses for 2011 at North Hills Logos indicate the percentage of agree and strongly agree responses for 2012 Uplift average Survey Question #18: Teachers communicate with parents as often as needed. Survey Question #19: My child’s school informs me about my child’s grades and learning progress throughout the year. Survey Question #20: My child feels comfortable asking his/her teachers for help. Survey Question #21: My child is disciplined in a fair & consistent manner with clearly defined consequences. Survey Question #24: My child’s school responds to concerns in a timely manner. Survey Question #27: The school does a good job of keeping parents informed about volunteer opportunities and joining the parent organization at school 2% Question #27 was not included in 2011 survey
Parent Survey Results School selection Survey Question #28:How did you first hear of your child’s school? Survey Question #29: What is the number ONE reason why you have chosen your child’s school? Word of mouth High academic expectations Other family attending the school Safe place Other Other Information meeting/open house 4.1% Low student/teacher ratio Newspaper article 2.2% No tuition Local public school (0.3%) 1.9% Location 0.6% Child’s friends enrolled
Parent Survey Results Additional comments about the school Positive Feedback Areas for Further Exploration • Great mission and commitment to college readiness • Good changes made in the school this year • Safe school environment • High academic standards • Committed, passionate teachers • Good opportunities for students • Low student to teacher ratio • Welcoming environment • Communication – from administration and teachers to parents • Clarify use of teacher websites for posting assignments; update PowerSchool more frequently • Evaluateafterschool, extracurricular and enrichment activities • Assess cleanliness of facilities (gym, cafeteria, library, play areas, etc.) • Continually work to improve lunch/nutrition program • Assess traffic control for car line • Questions about math program in middle and high school • Many parents feel that August 2 start date is too early
Selection of books ELA dept. decides the works based on the following criteria: • Age-appropriateness • International mindedness – In this criterion, we either read works translated into English and/or works set up in another country and/or works written in English by authors from non-English speaking heritage • Works listed in AP/IB required/recommended list • Balance of genres (fiction, non-fiction/ novels, short-stories, drama, biography/memoirs, gothic, adventure, Shakespeare, mass-media, social-networking ) • Balance of time-period: classics, modern, contemporary, etc. • Balance of genders- male and female authors • Balance of continents/ cultures • Issues relevant to the age-group • Current issues • Inter-disciplinary studies
Selection of books continued • All this cannot be balanced in a given year and therefore, we look at it as divisions. We try to accomplish this balance as Middle and Upper School group of works. All the works, including summer reading assignment(s), are approved by respective division director. Other assessments are based on vertical alignment expectations and are monitored by Department Chair. • Summer reading is not just for leisure reading. Usually two works are assigned; one has an assignment that goes with it and the other one is usually discussed in class during the first two-three weeks of school and there is a summer reading test. The summer reading assignment(s) designed are in line with AP/IB assessments and are scaffolded for vertical alignment. They are mainly geared towards reinforcing the learning outcomes of the previous grade level. • We met as a department on April 18th to review the works and assess them based on the above criteria. Our teachers are looking into some new titles and I am working on compiling an updated list for all the works to be read next year. Once I have the list updated, I will get it approved by the division director and publish it on our website.
Budget Update • 2% cut in state funding for the upcoming 2012/13 school year • Will eliminate 3 positions from the school – we are adding teachers to deal with growth in HS and Ops Person but both of these moves will be revenue neutral due to student growth and other factors • Donations to PPF will now go directly to the school account and we will be able to better track and show expenditures • Currently developing our budget but we have to close our bond sales to see final amounts available • We are close to finalizing a plan that will put NHP teachers and staff on the same salary bands as other schools. We have done this through bond savings, better spending, and continued parent support • I feel confident about where we are fiscally if we get continued broad support for fees and donations to the PPF • Will release proposed budget, once we finalize all numbers