By: Neil Mufson
This week I will focus on results from our fall parent survey that have to do with parents’ perceptions about their children’s level of preparation in each of the major academic and co-curricular areas of our program.  The following table summarizes our findings with academics and key skill areas.  Parents were asked, “How well do you think The Country School is preparing your child in the following areas?”
While these results suggest a high level of parent satisfaction and an extremely low level of strong dissatisfaction, they also suggest that the faculty and I need to consider ways we can either enhance our efforts to foster creativity and strong study skills, while reinforcing the value of hard work, or enhance our communication about how we already do these things. This will be the focus of consideration at future faculty meetings.

Here is how parents rate the importance of, and our performance in, the co-curricular areas and services surveyed:

These results suggest that we are fairly well on target with these activities and services. However, while we do not formulate our curriculum around the material covered on standardized tests, we need to clarify how we help prepare students for these kinds of assessments, and we need to consider if we should be doing more.  Overall, however, when considered alongside the importance parents ascribe to these areas, these results are consistent with the overall high levels of parent satisfaction reported earlier. 
Before offering some summarizing remarks about the survey results, in the next installment I will also share why parents say they have chosen — and stay at — The Country School.

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