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Summer 2006 Bloom Trail High School REFs Student Survey

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Bloom Trail Student REFs Summer 07

REFS is a summer program that is designed to help prepare incoming freshmen to be successful in English/Reading and mathematics.

Students were surveyed in Summer 2007 about their opinions of the REFS program.

The table below summarizes the students by their race/ethnicity and gender. Data were complete for 92 of the students.

Gender x Race Cross-tabulation

 RaceTotal
Amer. Indian/Alaskan NativeHispanic or LatinoBlack or Afr. Amer.White
GenderMale2232642
Female1139950
Total33711592

The chart below graphs these data

The students were asked these questions:

  • Did you look forward to going to Summer REFs?
  • Did your parents talk to you about Summer REFs?
  • Would you recommend Summer REFs to a friend?
  • Do you think REFS will help you do better in school?

Did you look forward to going to Summer REFs?
As the chart below indicates, the majority of the students reported looking forward to going to REFS.

Did your parents talk to you about Summer REFS?
As the chart below shows, the majority of students reported that their parents talked to them about the program.

Would you recommend REFS to a friend?
Again, the majority of students state they would recommend REFS to a friend.

Will REFS help you do better in school?
Almost all students state that REFS will help them do better in school. See below some reasons stated by the students for this belief.

The following table summarizes reasons that students gave for ‘How REFs will help me in school’. The most commonly cited reason is [the program will give me] ‘Improved understanding’ about school.

Bloom Trail HS - Reason GivenNumber of Students
Better prepared for school12
Improved English/Reading8
General improvement in subjects4
Improvement in mathematics7
Better attitude about school0
Get additional school credit7
Improved understanding18
Meet friends2
Meet some friends8
Get to know the school13
Get a head start11

The following table summarizes reasons that students gave for ‘Why REFs will not help me in school’.

ReasonFrequency
Not much new1

The table below summarizes what student liked MOST about REF’s.

ReasonFrequency
Help from teachers4
Meet people/friends15
Snacks, parties18
Read, learn reading8
Learn about the school1
Computers/games5
Learn new things2
Reviewing school subjects/rules1
Mathematics/Activities13
Kept me busy1
Fun activities2
The different classes1
The teachers7
Writing2
"Seemed like high school"1

 

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