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Spring 2008 Bloom High School Student Survey

Bloom District 206

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Attitudes toward school/after school programs

The students were asked to complete a survey about their attitudes toward school and the after school program. The table below summarizes the number of students taking the survey, by semester and year in school.

Year in School
Fresh Soph Jun Senior Total
Semester Fall 07 4 1 8 4 17
Spr 08 9 11 6 6 32
Total 13 12 14 10 49

The table below classifies the students by reported race and year in school, by semester.
Semester Year in School
Fresh Soph Jun Senior Total
Fall 07 Student Race Am Ind/Alaska Nat 0 0 1 0 1
Hispanic 1 0 1 0 2
Black 2 1 6 3 12
White 1 0 0 1 2
Total 4 1 8 4 17
Spr 08 Student Race Am Ind/Alaska Nat 0 0 1 0 1
Hispanic 0 3 2 0 5
Black 8 8 4 6 26
White 1 0 0 0 1
Total 9 11 6 6 32

    Students were asked to respond "yes" or "no" to each of the following:
  • I look forward to tutoring/after school program.
  • My parents talk to me about the after school program.
  • I feel safe and comfortable during the after school program.
  • The after school program helps me do better in school.
  • The after school staff encourages me to do well in school.

The graph below reports the proportion of YES responses for each of these five aspects of the after school program. As indicated, there was somewhat of an increase from Fall 2007 to Spring 2008 in positive responses to two of the program aspects: Feel safe and comfortable, and Tutoring has helped do better in school. Student responses to the remaining three aspects remained about the same, or positive.

The students were asked in what school subject they were doing BEST during the 2007-08 school year. The chart below indicates that most students felt they were doing best in English/reading.

The students were then asked in what school subject they most needed help. The chart below indicates that most students felt they most needed help in Mathematics.

Finally, the students were asked to provide feedback on various parts of the after school program.

Following are selected student comments:

"Why did you sign up for the after school program?"
Improve grades (mentioned 6 times)
Help with homework (mentioned 5 times)
Study for test
to do my work
To get help with assignments
Get a better understanding
I was falling back in class (mentioned 3 times)
I was forced to
to get help with scholarship writing
My Mom and Grandma made me
to improve my chemistry grade
To do better in school
I need help in my math

"What do you like MOST about tutoring/homework help?"
Relax and catch up on work
Nice teachers (mentioned 4 times)
Individual help (mentioned 3 times)
It help me to do better
I get help with homework (mentioned 3 times)
Good for allowing students to come in and get better grades
The extra help
Showing you the right skills
the computers (mentioned 3 times)
provide different understanding of the work
one on one help
the attention
How quiet it is (mentioned 2 times)
tutors explain the work so that it is easy to understand

"In what way could tutoring/homework help be improved?"
No way at all (mentioned 4 times)
Longer time (mentioned 2 times)
More teachers (mentioned 2 times)
If all teachers would come and help their students when needed.
Tutoring/Help can be on Mondays
Computer Apps
Play music while we work
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