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Making Sense of School Climate

Making Sense of School Climate: Using the California School Climate, Health, & Learning Survey (Cal-SCHLS) System to Inform Your School Improvement Efforts (pdf) provides an overview of the eight important dimensions of school climate.

It outlines the items on each of the three Cal-SCHLS surveys (i.e., California Healthy Kids Survey, California School Climate Survey (Staff), and California School Parent Survey) that assess each school climate dimension, and is intended for use as a companion reference guide to the School Climate Workbook.

Eight Dimensions of School Climate

  • Student learning environment
  • Motivation & connectedness
  • Developmental supports & opportunities
  • Respect for diversity, instructional equity & cultural sensitivity
  • Student safety & problem behaviors
  • Organizational supports
  • Physical environment & wellness
  • Staff working environment