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OurSCHOOL Survey Suite

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The OurSCHOOL Survey Suite is a powerful all-in-one solution for measuring and understanding factors that are known to have a direct and profound impact on student learning and well-being. Using OurSCHOOL, you can assess the whole picture of your school's climate by weaving together the perspectives of students, parents, and teachers and distilling that data into critical metrics to focus your planning on. With anonymous surveys covering bullying and school safety, student engagement, student career aspirations, as well as teacher and parent perspectives, educators get a comprehensive roadmap to improving students’ achievement, well-being, graduation rates, and engagement.

Each license allows you to use any OurSCHOOL survey up to two times during the 2019-20 school year with up to 2,500 participants per survey.

There are five Surveys that make up the OurSCHOOL Survey Suite:

  1. Bullying and School Safety Student Survey: Identify student perceptions of bullying and take steps to reduce bullying behaviour and build a safe and inclusive school culture. The Bullying and School Safety Survey is designed to help you design proactive bullying interventions specific to your school. Measure and understand where and when bullying happens, and how and why it happens in your school. The OurSCHOOL Bullying and School Safety Survey reveals the story of bullying behaviour in your school and equips you with the data needed to make informed decisions and to develop targeted interventions.

  2. Student Engagement Survey: Measure and understand student sense of belonging, student perceptions of teaching and learning, sense of engagement, and other factors known to affect learning outcomes. The Engagement Survey measures areas like social-emotional learning, physical health and well-being, student engagement, and other outcomes related to academic success. More than just an assessment tool, it gives educators and school leaders evidence of their impact. This means you have the best possible information about where to go next in both the teaching process and in school improvement planning.

  3. Career Pathways Student Survey: Identify the support and instruction students need to explore future careers and gain vocational experience. The Career Pathways Survey helps you measure and understand student career aspirations and career preparation. By finding out if students are ready for life after graduation, the survey helps you make informed decisions about the support and instruction that students need for success after graduation. The survey covers topics including student aspirations after graduation; their level of commitment to a particular job; the extent of students' exploration into career options; and the perceived importance of specific skills.

  4. Parent Survey: Engage parents and guardians while gathering actionable insights about your school community and student’s lives away from school to maximize student learning at home. Parental involvement is a known factor to increase positive learning outcomes and a critical part of building a healthy school culture where students can thrive. The Parent Survey helps strengthen the relationships between school staff and parents, giving school leaders insight into parents’ perceptions of the school's support for learning, positive behaviours, and the promotion of safety and inclusion. The Parent Survey ensures that educators and school leaders have evidence of their impact as perceived by parents and guardians. The survey covers topics such as if parents feel welcome, how information is shared, and perceptions of inclusivity, bullying and school safety.

  5. Teacher Survey: Gather non-evaluative teacher feedback to guide professional development, increase teacher collaboration, and understand teachers' perceptions of your school culture. The Teacher Survey is used by thousands of administrators and school leaders every year to gather meaningful feedback from teachers and covers the most important drivers of student learning to help educators give every student the opportunity to thrive. Since teachers are such vital members of a school community, collecting feedback that leads to actionable insight is a crucial step in building a healthy school community where all students can succeed. The survey covers teachers' perceptions of areas like leadership, collaboration, teaching strategies, and inclusivity. The Teacher Survey is anonymous, protecting teacher privacy and ensuring the most accurate and authentic survey responses.

See the future today

  • Address and anticipate current and future needs
  • Immediately identify gaps and hidden trends
  • Make informed decisions and develop targeted interventions

Insight into your school

The OurSCHOOL Survey is an online survey designed to be delivered to students in grades 4-6 and 7-12. Your results are available in multiple formats, including printable PDF reports as well as interactive charts. All OurSCHOOL Surveys are completely anonymous, protecting participant privacy and ensuring the most accurate and authentic survey responses.

More than just an online survey

The OurSCHOOL Survey is an evaluation tool that provides a total solution for measuring, assessing, and reporting insights on your school both during the year as well as year over year. It allows you to set quantifiable targets, track progress, and share your success with your school community.

All OurSCHOOL surveys are designed to be completed within a single class period. The majority of participants can complete a surveys in:

  • Bullying School Safety = 15 - 20 minutes
  • Student Engagement = 40 - 45 minutes
  • Career Pathway = 20 - 25 minutes
  • Parent Survey = 15 - 20 minutes
  • Teacher Survey = 15 - 20 minutes

Each Survey License comes with the support of our newly formed Engagement Team, which combines extensive classroom teaching and school leadership experience with deep knowledge of the research and analysis underpinning OurSCHOOL. With their combined knowledge and experience they can support schools to use perception data as evidence to impact school growth. The Engagement Team can help you prepare for the survey as well as debrief and analyze your survey results.

Before the survey

  • Help to determine how OurSCHOOL survey measures support specific school and division goals, allowing you to set baselines and targets while monitoring your impact on student outcomes,

  • Assist you in selecting measures to gather the most meaningful evidence to target interventions and focus your resources and efforts,

  • Create new custom questions that are actionable and capture evidence unique to your school community, and

  • Offer suggestions on existing custom questions to demonstrate how drill-downs can capture the best possible data.

After the survey

  • A one-on-one phone call or screen share to review your results and interpret what they mean, or

  • NEW! A Data Deep Dive interactive session, a workshop designed to help your school coordinators and teams:

    • understand and interpret data and reports,

    • illuminate areas to celebrate and investigate further, and

    • learn ways to share results with your school community.

Support can be as simple as a phone call or as in-depth as an interactive workshop. We are always available to help make sense of it all. Reach us by email at asking for the OurSCHOOL team.

  • OurSCHOOL Student Surveys offers the largest normed dataset of student perception data in the world. National and local norms offer a benchmark for growth and comparison. Knowing where your data sits in the bigger picture allows you to really see which areas you can celebrate, and which areas you can target for improvement.

  • Privacy: The OurSCHOOL Student Engagement Survey is 100% anonymous to protect student privacy and ensure that students feel comfortable sharing their thoughts on a variety of topics.

  • Customize: Ability to add multiple choice and open-ended questions in order to customize the survey to meet the needs of your school.

  • Replica School: Many administrators have told us that they wish they could compare their data with a school made up of students with similar socio-economic backgrounds as their own. The unique Replica School feature provides such a comparison, making it possible to fairly compare results with a virtual school that has the same student composition as yours.

  • Interactive Charts: Our dynamic charts allow busy administrators to segment data by sub-populations like grade, gender, language spoken at home, or your own criteria.

  • One-Click Report: Our easy to read one-click reports give an overview of each measure in a single report. This dynamically generated PDF report ensures that you are only ever ‘one click away’ from up-to-date, accurate information on what’s going on in your school. A quick glance at each measure makes it easy to spot patterns or anomalies.

  • Thematic Reports: Our thematic report is designed with sharing in mind. You can easily share your results with stakeholders in your school community. These reports highlight the unique story your data is telling in an easy to read, accessible package.

Student Surveys

OurSCHOOL student surveys measure factors that are proven to have a direct and profound impact on student learning and well-being. All measures are grounded in leading-edge research and are rigorously tested to ensure statistical reliability and validity.

You will have access to STUDENT surveys that cover the following measures:

Social Engagement
  • Participation in Sports
  • Participation in Clubs
  • Sense of Belonging
  • Positive Relationships

Institutional Engagement

  • Values School Outcomes
  • Truancy A
  • Homework Behaviour
  • Positive Behaviour at School

Intellectual Engagement

  • Interest and Motivation
  • Effort
  • Skills-Challenge A

Emotional Health

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression A
  • Self-Esteem A

Academic Outcomes

  • Language Arts A
  • Math A
  • Science A

Career Pathways A

  • Aspirations after graduation
  • Commitment to a chosen career
  • Career exploration
  • Career knowledge
  • Perceived obstacles to career goals
  • Current use of career planning resources and opportunities
  • Perceived importance of specific skills

Quality Instruction

  • Effective Learning Time 
  • Relevance 
  • Rigor 

Drivers of Student Outcomes

  • Advocacy at School
  • Expectations for Success
  • Positive Teacher-Student Relations 
  • Positive Learning Climate 
  • Advocacy Outside of School
  • Aspirations (Finish High-School, Pursue Trade, College or University)
  • Bullying (Physical, Verbal, Social, Cyber)
  • Exclusion
  • Sexual Harassment A
  • Feel Safe Attending School


  • Grade
  • Sex
  • Socio-economic Status
  • Indigenous Status
  • Immigrant Status
  • Home Language
  • Disability

Some measures are only applicable for certain age groups:

A = Secondary students only

Parent Survey

The OurSCHOOL Parent Survey is based primarily on Joyce Epstein's framework for fostering positive relationships between schools and their community of parents and guardians. Successful schools establish effective communication with their community, encourage involvement in their child's schoolwork, and enlist their school community to volunteer in activities and participate in committees. This survey assesses parent and guardians' perceptions of their children's learning experiences both at home and at school.

You will have access to the PARENT survey that covers the following measures:

  • Parents feel welcome
  • Parents are informed
  • Parents support learning at home
  • Time spent doing homework
  • Parent Participation
  • School supports learning
  • School support positive behaviour
  • School is inclusive
  • School is safe
  • Bullying & Exclusion

Teacher Survey

The OurSCHOOL Teacher Survey is a self-evaluation tool for teachers and schools that is based on two of the most popular and respected models of school success. The Effective Schools model measures the eight most important drivers of student learning. The Outward Bound model measures the four most critical dimensions of effective teaching practice.

You will have access to the TEACHER survey that covers the following measures:

Effective Schools: Drivers of Student Learning

  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Learning culture
  • Data informed practice
  • Teaching strategies
  • Technology
  • School is inclusive
  • Parent involvement

Outward Bound: Classroom and School Practices

  • Challenging and visible learning goals
  • Planned learning opportunities
  • Quality feedback
  • Overcoming obstacles to learning