Dear Wellesley High School Parents,

Wellesley High School launched its Challenge Success initiative last year in an effort to increase students’ academic engagement while addressing concerns over their health and well-being. As part of the Challenge Success program, our students participated in the Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experiences. The survey was designed to measure high school students’ perspectives on homework, extracurricular activities, sleep, physical health, stress, parent expectations, academic engagement, academic integrity and teacher support.  Data from the questionnaire showed that our 9th graders reported difficulty with their transition into high school. Other areas of concern showed students struggling with sleep, increased stress levels, and a lack of academic engagement.   The data results helped our administrators craft an approach unique to issues raised by our teens. As a result, this year we’re focusing on “Balance” with an emphasis on technology, sleep and workload. 

The Challenge Success organization recently asked Wellesley High School to participate in a pilot program that will survey parents in a manner similar to the students’ survey.  As a pilot program, it is free to WHS.  Additionally, Challenge Success will assist us in processing our data to help identify ways that will be useful to us as we move forward with the program.  In order to gather a large enough sample, we need a 50% or higher participation response rate.  We’ve provided additional information regarding the questionnaire below.   Please look for more information in the next week or so and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Jamie Chisum

FAQs about the Challenge Success Parent Survey:

What does the Challenge Success Parent Survey measure?
The survey measures parents’ perceptions of their children’s experiences in areas such as academic stress, homework, sleep, technology use, and family rules and norms.

How was the Parent Survey developed?
The Challenge Success Parent Survey was developed in 2018 by Stanford researchers. It was carefully designed to align with the Challenge Success Student Survey that has been used by schools since 2007. Questions for parents primarily focus on issues about which they can be reliable observers and over which they have the control to change.

Why should our school administer the Parent Survey? 
Survey findings can help schools make data-driven policy and practice decisions that improve student well-being and engagement with learning.  For instance, some schools have used survey results to revise homework policies, change bell schedules, provide student and parent workshops on sleep and physical health, and revise their honor codes. Schools know that parents have concerns, need their voices heard, and want to be a part of the solution for their students. Parent Survey results can be especially powerful when combined with data collected from the Student Survey and can help drive parent education and outreach efforts.  

How do we administer the Parent Survey?
Challenge Success will provide you with an online survey link that you can send to parents.  We recommend pushing the link out to your parent community in multiple ways for the greatest response rate, including in a stand-alone email, your school newsletter, and posting it on your website. Parents can take the survey on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

When is the best time of year to administer the survey?
We recommend administering the survey during a time that is typical for students and families at your school. Parents should not be asked to take the survey right before or after student exams, breaks, summer vacation, or during the first or last few weeks of school.  For schools joining our School Program in the fall, we recommend administering the survey during the prior winter or spring. If you are also administering the Challenge Success Student Survey, we recommend doing both surveys at a similar time in the school year. 

How long should we keep the survey open?
We recommend that schools keep the survey open for a 1-3 week time period.  The Challenge Success research team can tell you how many parents have taken the survey at any given point and work with you to decide how long to keep the survey open. 

What is a good participation rate for the survey?
We aim for a response rate of at least 50% and, ideally, a 70% or higher response rate so that the results adequately represent your parent community.

How long is the survey?
The Parent Survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and has about 65 questions.

Do parents have to complete the survey in one sitting?
Yes, just as with the Challenge Success Student Survey, parents have to take the survey in one sitting.  The survey will not allow participants to resume where they left off at a later date.  

Can parents complete the survey for multiple children?
We ask parents to focus on one child when they take the survey.  If they wish, however, parents are encouraged to take the survey multiple times for each child they have enrolled at your school.

Can parents of both middle and high school students take the survey?
Yes, the survey is available in both a middle school and high school version.  Some of the questions in each survey are different. For example, the middle school version does not have as many questions about the college process. They are priced as separate surveys.

Are survey results confidential?
Survey results are kept strictly confidential. Participants are not asked to provide any identifying information other than their children’s grade level and age, and can opt out of answering any questions.

When and how will we receive our survey results?  
It takes our research team approximately 4-6 weeks to process your survey data and prepare an online dashboard of the results. Explore this example of the dashboard. Once complete, we will set up an hour-long video call with representatives from your school to debrief the results. During this call, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions about the data, consider ways to build upon your school’s strengths, and discuss areas of need or concern.

Take survey here, thank you.

Calendar of Events

Friday, October 26th Day 5
Coffee with the Director of Guidance 
Faculty Dining Room 9:00 a.m.

Forever Friends Halloween Dance
Cafeteria 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30 Day 7
World Challenge Information Meeting – Peru Trip Summer of 2019
Faculty Dining Room 6:00 p.m. 

Wednesday, October 31st Day 1
Senior Class Halloween Parade 

Fall Musical – Monty Python’s Spamalot

Performance Dates and Times:

Thursday, November 8 at 4:30PM

Friday, November 9 at 7:00PM

Saturday, November 10 at 2:00PM

Saturday, November 10 at 7:00PM

Buy tickets here.

$20 adults/$10 students and seniors

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