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Spring 2007 Bloom Trail High School REFs Student Survey

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Bloom Trail Student REFs Survey Spring 2007

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

In spring 2007, students who had enrolled in REFs in the summers or either 2004, 2005, or 2006 were surveyed about their opinions of the program. (All students were in English/Reading.)

As the table below indicates, 168 students responded. Note: The year in which the student was enrolled in REFs determines, with few exceptions, their current year in school. For example, those who were in REFs in Summer 2004 are now, typically, juniors.


The table below summarizes the students by their year in school, race/ethnicity and gender. Data were complete for 157 of the students.

Year in School  RaceTotal
Amer. Indian/Alaskan Native African AmericanHispanic/LatinoWhite
9Gender Male0285437
Fem3 2241140
10GenderMale09510 24
11GenderMale063 615

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?
  • Did the Summer REFs teachers help you to do better in school?
  • Did Summer REFs help you in school?

The following chart shows the percentage of students who responded ‘yes’ to each of these 5 questions. Note, for example, that while only 48% of the students reported that they looked forward to REFs (a summer program) nearly 80% would recommend the program to a friend.

Student responses to the question, ‘Did REFs help you in school?’ are analyzed in more detail below. We note, for example, that overall, from the three groups of REFs students, 70% agree that REFs helped them in school. The chart below examines' ; these responses by summer class. It is noteworthy, perhaps, that somewhat more of both the juniors (Summer 2004) and Sophomores (Summer 2005) agreed that REFs helped them in school. One can infer from this that there are ‘lasting’ or ‘residual’ positive effects of the REFs program.

The following table summarizes reasons that students gave for ‘How REFs helped me in school’. The most commonly cited reason is ‘better preparation for school’

Improved English/reading23
Improved mathematics2
General improvement in subjects10
Improved understanding16
Get additional school credit17
Better attitude about school2
Better prepared for school45

The graph below displays the data for ‘How REFs helped me in school’.

The following table summarizes reasons that students gave for ‘Why REFs did not help me in school’. The most commonly cited reason is ‘Was not taught anything new’.

Not taught anything new26
Not interesting4
Not challenging enough4
Too much computer work2
Math too fast paced1

The table below summarizes what student liked MOST about REF’s. The most common reason given is ‘Meet new people/friends’.

Meet people/friends45
Learn about the school6
Snacks, parties24
Learn new things13
Help from teachers14
Get school credit10
Learn mathematics8
Read, learn reading12
Reviewing school subjects1

The following table summarizes ways students gave for ‘How REFs could be improved’. The most commonly cited suggestion is ‘make it more challenging’.

Offer more classes/subjects10
Have more activities/fun21
More outside activities1
More time with/help from teachers14
More time on difficult subjects4
Help students understand better2
Improve organization2
Make it more challenging27
Improve schedule (such as later in day, shorter periods)23
Offer more credit1
Better snacks/lunch8
Have air conditioning3
More opportunities to learn about building1
Don’t restrict only to freshmen2


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