The School Climate Survey Suite is used to provide valid, reliable, and brief measures of perception of school climate. The surveys measure multiple dimensions of school climate. The results of the survey help school leadership teams and district implementation teams know if there are areas of the school climate that need to be addressed through their PBIS implementation. Both English and Spanish versions of the survey are available.
Additional information is available through An Overview of the School Climate Survey Suite online course via EduPaths. The course is 30 minutes long.
School Climate Survey: Elementary
The elementary survey is designed for students in grades 3-6. The survey has 11 items that are rated on a 4-point scale: never, sometimes, often, and always.
School Climate Survey: Middle/High
The middle/high school survey is designed for students in grades 6-12. The survey has 9 items that are rated on a 4-point scale: strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, somewhat agree, strongly agree.
School Climate Survey: Family
The family survey has 21 items that are rated on a 4-point scale: strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, somewhat agree, strongly agree.
School Climate Survey: School Personnel
The school personnel survey has 29 items that are rated on a 4-point scale: strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, somewhat agree, strongly agree.
Administering the Assessment
A PBIS Assessment Coordinator opens a School Climate Survey window for schools. This produces a direct link that is distributed to the appropriate respondents to complete the survey online. Teachers provide students with time to complete the survey during school hours, typically in a computer lab. Staff and families can complete the survey via the link independently or during a school event (e.g., parent/teacher conferences).
- Each School Climate Survey takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
- The School Climate Survey Suite should be administered around the 45th day of school. This provides students, staff, and families with enough time to experience the school climate, with enough time left in the school year for educators to use the results for improvement.
- The survey can be administered again during the last 45 days of school.
- As students complete the online survey, the results populate reports in PBIS Assessment via a nightly update.
- Scores are organized by total scores, subscales, grade, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and each item.