Student opinion survey about the school has interesting results


Photo by Paul Apfelbeck

Hawk Highlights editor Autumn Jensen-Roehl and GILA assistant principal Nick Schumacher.

By AUTUMN JENSEN-ROEHL, Hawk Highlights editor

The most recent student opinion survey of the school had some astonishing results.

The survey was the seventh sent out to all of the GILA and SHS students regarding issues including teachers and dorm staff. Students have been urged to answer electronic surveys emailed by GILA assistant principal Nick Schumacher in an effort to improve the school.

Students like the teachers and the school. In the survey, 27 students made a similar comment about their teachers or classes, writing things such as, “I like my teachers, not in the same way. I like them based on how their personality is. They are wonderful and are very amazing at taking the time to teach.”

While this was the theme from the top comment, there were some negative statements, such as, “My teachers do a good job teaching me except for the times when they are condescending or make examples of others in class.”

Compared to results from September, the “good” and “very good” responses decreased significantly. This caused the question to pop up, where did they go?

This survey is sent out to students every marking period, resulting in seven different sets of results over the course of a year. Mr. Schumacher is coordinating these surveys, and they have been issued since last school year.

“Who better to ask than our students themselves?” he said in response to the question, why he decided to issue the survey.

Why send out a survey every marking period? The results and data gathered from these have been put to use, and they have helped greatly in the past year so far, by raising faculty, administration, and resident hall staff to the needs and wants of our students, stated Mr. Schumacher.

Last year, the basic questions asked in the survey were formed. But there was a slight issue, and the questions were written at a level which could not be read by students. Eventually, they were written in a more generalized style which was easier to understand.

There will be more surveys throughout the year.