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Posted on May 26, 2011

Gillispie Parents Provide Helpful Feedback

May 26, 2011

I’m pleased to share with you key findings from the 2010-2011 parent survey. Some notable strengths, according our 89 respondents, include:
  • Administrators are perceived to be accessible (100%) and responsive (91%) to parents; teachers also are accessible (96%) and reponsive (95%).
  • The Gillispie Sun is informative and useful (99%) and is regularly read (96%); as a result, parents feel well informed about activities and events (95%). The website, although improved, remains a work in progress (84% satisfaction rate).
  • Most every family feels that Gillispie promotes enthusiasm for learning (98%), is a safe environment (95%), and that the school has a culture of “kindness, respect, and individual commitment to the larger world” (91%). Gillispie also promotes respect for people of diverse backgrounds (94%).
Opportunities for improvement include:
  • Satisfaction with how well the academic program addresses a child’s strengths and capabilities remains the same as last year (83%), despite the School’s increased emphasis on differentiation. One fifth of respondents (20%) suggest that Gillispie increase the academic rigor of its offerings.
Noteworthy changes from last year to this year include:
  • Due to teacher efforts to share grade-level benchmarks, parents understand each grade’s academic goals (89%, up from a previous 81%).
  • Due to the concerted efforts of room parents (led by Kristi P.), new parents feel welcomed (91%, up from 79%) and informed (91%, up from 83%).
  • Parents feel better connected to parents in their child’s class (89%, up from 80%).
Thank you to everyone who weighed in during this year’s survey. To hear more about some exciting curricular and scheduling initiatives we have for next year, please join administration for an end-of-year coffee on Tuesday, June 7, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the music room. Alison Fleming Head of School  
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