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California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey

CA Dept of Ed

The CalSCHLS System is a comprehensive system of three interrelated surveys developed for and supported by the California Department of Education. 

  • The CA Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) for elementary and secondary students
  • The CA School Staff Survey (CSCS)
  • The CA School Parent Survey (CSPS)

The CalSCHLS Survey System measures:

  • Student social-emotional health and competence
  • Positive interpersonal relationships among and between students, staff and parents
  • Opportunities for meaning participation, decision-making, and engagement
  • Student connectedness to school (belonging) and motivation
  • Student, teacher, and parental engagement
  • School supports for staff and parents
  • Parental involvement in school
  • Respect for diversity and equity
  • Academic mindset, expectations, and rigor
  • School safety (social-emotional and physical), violence and victimization (bullying)
  • Discipline and order: clarity of rules and expectations
  • Substance use, depression/suicide risk, and other mental and physical health risks
  • Physical environment and resources

The CalSCHLS Survey System fits with LCAP because it provides data for four of eight state priorities:  school climate, pupil engagement, parent involvement, and facilities.

Our next survey will be administered from October-December 2019.

To see samples of the surveys, please click on the links below:

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) is an anonymous, confidential survey of school climate and safety, student wellness, and youth resiliency. It is administered to students at grades five, seven, nine, and eleven. It enables schools and communities to collect and analyze data regarding local youth health risks and behaviors, school connectedness, school climate, protective factors, and school violence. The CHKS is part of a comprehensive data-driven decision-making process on improving school climate and student learning environment for overall school improvements.

 It is focused on the five most important areas for guiding school and student improvement:

  • student connectedness, learning engagement/motivation, and attendance;
  • school climate, culture, and conditions;
  • school safety, including violence perpetration and victimization/bullying;
  • physical and mental well-being and social-emotional learning; and
  • student supports, including resilience-promoting developmental factors (caring relationships, high expectations, and meaningful participation).

California School Staff Survey (CSSS)

The cost-effective, online staff survey assesses the perceptions and experiences of K-12 teachers, administrators, and other school personnel (intended for all grades). The results are intended to help:

  • address the problem of low teacher-recruitment, morale, and retention;
  • guide professional development and school improvement efforts; and
  • determine the degree to which staff perceptions align with the attitudes and experiences of students and parents as identified by the other CalSCHLS surveys.

An important influence on the development of the CSSS is research showing that school climate is a powerful predictor of outcomes among staff as it is for students. This includes teacher job satisfaction and retention. A positive climate for staff is a prerequisite for a positive climate for students.


  • provides comparison data to the questions and constructs asked students in the CHKS Core and supplementary School Climate Modules;
  • addresses the working environment and conditions, including staff relationships (collegiality), organizational expectations and norms, and meaningful participation in decisions;
  • encapsulates the scope and nature of existing student supports, programs, and services (e.g., discipline, counseling, health, and prevention); and
  • assesses parent supports and involvement.

California School Parent Survey (CSPS)

Parent involvement is a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) State priority. This short survey that provides a means to confidentially obtain:

  • parent perceptions about the school's learning environment;
  • school climate;
  • student supports; and
  • parent outreach and involvement efforts (e.g., how welcoming, communicative).

It also provides data on the scope and nature of parent involvement at the school (relationships, activities) and in the child's education in general.

CSPS identifies which needs and concerns of parents schools should address in promoting greater involvement. Asking parents to provide their perceptions of the school is an empowering parent-involvement activity.

The questions are aligned with the California School Staff Survey and the California Healthy Kids Survey so information obtained across these three stakeholder groups can be compared. The survey is available both online and in a printed booklet, with the printed version translated into multiple languages. Strategies for fostering high participation rates are provided in the CalSCHLS survey administration guide.

Please go to your school website to access the California School Parent Survey online. 

Survey Data

2018-2019 School Year Data

2017-2018 School Year Data

2015-2016 School Year Data

  • California Healthy Kids Survey participants included a sampling of 5th graders from the following elementary schools:  Ayers, Cambridge, El Monte, Meadow Homes, Monte Gardens, Mountain View, Strandwood, Valhalla, Valley Verde, and Ygnacio Valley.  Click on the link to see the survey results. MDUSD Elementary Main Report 
  • California Healthy Kids Survey participants included a sampling of 7, 9, and 11 graders from all middle school, high schools, and alternative/continuation schools.  Click on the link to see the survey results. MDUSD Secondary Main Report
  • California School Staff Survey participants:  School staff from all schools except Eagle Peak Montessori.  Click on the link below to see the survey results. MDUSD School Staff Survey
  • California School Parent Survey participants: parents from elementary schools that were sampled and all secondary schools.  Click on the link to see the survey results. MDUSD School Parent Survey

Linda Pete
Administrator, Student Services
(925) 682-8000 x4061