Thank you to the families that responded to our request to complete a survey which identified strengths and areas for growth for our school. We had 90 respondents, approximately 25% of our population, which is a statistically significant number to help us gain an accurate picture of parent satisfaction. The results of the survey will be instrumental as we draft our next Five-Year Strategic Plan.
Last year, the Advisory Council conducted a SWOT analysis of the school, identifying potential areas of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Of the areas of strength, the Council concluded the top seven (in alphabetical order) were:
- Academic Rigor and Expectations
- Communicative, Responsive Staff
- Community Involvement
- Dedicated Staff who are Mission Driven
- Extra-Curricular/Co-Curricular Activities
- Facilities – Classrooms, Technology
- Faith and Catholic Identity
The top three responses in the Parent Survey Data were Academic Rigor and Expectations, Dedicated Staff who are Mission Driven, and Faith and Catholic Identity.
In an open-ended question about school strengths, parents also commented positively about the Community/School Environment, Extra-Curricular and Co-Curricular Activities, Discipline, Catholic Teachings, Principal and Staff, Google Classroom, School Environment, Plant and Facilities, and Security.
On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being most favorable, survey averages for the following questions were as follows:
Overall, how satisfied are you with St. Michael’s School? 4.62
With regards to St. Michael’s School fulfilling its mission, what is your level of agreement? 4.72
Should the occasion arise, would you feel comfortable discussing a problem with the Principal or Vice-Principal? 4.3
Should the occasion arise, would you feel comfortable discussing a problem with a faculty member? 4.53
In Messenger each week, I will post additional survey results, to include responses about communication, discipline, academic progress, homework, technology, Catholic Faith, and Catholic Identity, as well as suggestions for improvement.
Finally, many parents commented about our strong school climate and community. That was certainly evident this past Saturday night for our Family Mass and Movie Night. We handed out 168 tickets at the Saturday evening Mass and over 300 people joined us in the HFC. That was a great showing, and we hope to do many more events in the future to gather as a community and strengthen our bonds. Thanks to all who helped organize this event and to those who participated.