School Climate Survey being conducted Oct. 11 to 29

Dear Niskayuna community,

A major area of focus of our district’s strategic plan for equity is school environment and culture. As a community, we strive to create an equitable educational experience and positive school climate where everyone feels safe and welcomed. To ensure we are making progress towards our goals and to better align our resources with the needs identified by our school community, the Niskayuna Central School District will be conducting a School Climate Survey for students, staff and families in October 2022. 

  • Students in grades 6-12 will have the opportunity to complete the online survey in their Social Studies class period during the week of October 11.
  • Families and staff members will receive an email with a link to the survey beginning October 11. The survey link will remain open through October 29.
    • Parents and guardians will receive a survey for each school building that their student(s) attend.
    • Separate survey links will be available for instructional and non-instructional staff for each building in which staff work.

The School Climate Survey is voluntary and anonymous. The survey was created by the US Department of Education as a tool for States, districts, and schools as a common, reliable, and nationally-validated measure of school climate. The survey is administered to students, parents, and school personnel using an online platform. Survey questions include demographic information, like race, ethnicity and gender identity, as well as perceptions of the school environment on topics ranging from safety, violence and drug and alcohol use. You can view the full set of survey questions below.

Participation is completely voluntary and confidential; no personally identifiable information will be requested or collected from any survey respondent. Your responses will help us better understand our community’s perceptions on important topics that impact teaching and learning. 

A school climate assessment will help measure our district’s progress over time as we work towards our long-term vision of being an equitable community of lifelong learners. Your input is important to us and will help inform our decision-making around where to put our focus in the coming months to improve the well-being of our students, faculty and staff.

School Climate Survey Questions


Middle School Survey
High School Survey


Family Survey


Instructional Staff Survey
Non-instructional Staff Survey