School Climate and Environment

What is school climate?

According to the National School Climate Center (NSCC):

School climate refers to the quality and character of school life. School climate is based on patterns of students’, parents’ and school personnel’s experience of school life and reflects norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, teaching and learning practices and organizational structures.

The district has been working closely with the nationally recognized NSCC to formulate a plan for gathering data about school climate in each of our schools. Visit to learn more about the National School Climate Center, the services it provides and how the company has helped school districts across the nation.

Who is overseeing the gathering of data about school climate?

The District Leadership Committee (DLC), consisting of representatives from both the district and school level administration, faculty and parents, was tasked with organizing data collection. Individual school collection is being coordinated by each building’s Building Leadership Committee(BLC).

What can parents do?

Initially, parents were asked to spend 20 minutes filling out an online survey, or Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI). Survey links were emailed to parents in early June 2015. The survey was available online until June 25, 2015.

NSCC compiled all of the results and conducted a thorough data analysis, which was then sent to the school district. The findings were reported to the District Leadership Committee in the fall of 2015.


All information collected was, and always will be, anonymous. Staff and parent names, student names, birth dates or any identifying facts about the person responding to the questionnaire are not requested at any time. All responses are private. Information from parents, staff and students is combined and reported for each school group and for the district as a whole. All data is held securely in the NSCC survey database through the entire process. Under no circumstances are the surveys and results traceable by the Monroe-Woodbury School District.

Initial Results from School Climate Survey

Dr. Eric Hassler presented to the Board of Education on October 15, 2015 the preliminary results from the School Climate Survey taken in the district in June 2015.

Next Steps

This initial survey was only step one of what will be a multi-pronged, long-term strategy to gain an in-depth understanding of our school climate and how the district can best meet the needs of our students and their families. District leadership will continue working with the NSCC throughout the 2015-16 school year, and beyond, always with the overarching goal in mind: How do we best serve the students and families of this district?

A second survey is being offered in late April/early May 2016 and parents, teachers and various student groups will be asked to complete the survey. Survey results will be compiled and shared by the start of the 2016-17 school year.