Highlights of APEX Student Survey 2011

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Highlights of APEX Student Survey 2011

  1. 1. Highlights of the APEX Student Survey: Life Outside the Classroom Funded by a grant from Diploma Plus Spring 2011
  2. 2. Table of Contents <ul><li>Background, Objectives and Methodology 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep and Alertness Habits 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Reasons for Tardiness 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Employment Plans After APEX 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Attitudes about College and Outside Influences 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Parental Involvement and Family Responsibilities 14 </li></ul><ul><li>Emotions, Feelings, and Stressors 18 </li></ul><ul><li>Bullying and Harassment 23 </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics 28 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background, Objectives and Methodology <ul><li>This project aims to gather data about the lives of APEX students by giving the students an opportunity to candidly answer a scientific- and research-based survey. </li></ul><ul><li>The goal of this survey is to provide an opportunity for APEX to better understand the context of the lives of students. </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback gathered in the survey will better enable the APEX staff to see where to expend resources and support to help the students be more academically successful. </li></ul><ul><li>The survey ran from March 14, 2011 to March 25, 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>Of the 323 APEX students at the time of the survey, 264 started the survey, and 215 finished it, resulting in a participation rate of 80% and survey completion rate of 81%. </li></ul><ul><li>Due to conventions about rounding of percentages, in some cases, the totals for findings round to 99% or 101%. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sleep and Alertness Habits <ul><li>Not only do seven-in-ten students (72%) know that they should get seven hours or more of sleep per night, close to that same number (69%) believe seven or more hours of sleep is what they personally need to function optimally at school. </li></ul><ul><li>Far less of those students (40%) get seven or more hours of sleep on the average school night. </li></ul>How much sleep do you...?
  5. 5. Sleep and Alertness Habits <ul><li>The majority of students nap (63%: 16% often, 47% sometimes). </li></ul><ul><li>One-third of students (33%) use legal stimulants to stay awake, with one-in-ten students using legal stimulants often (11%) and twice that using legal stimulants at least sometimes (22%). </li></ul><ul><li>Just over one-in-ten (13%: 7% often, 6% sometimes) report using illegal drugs to stay awake. </li></ul>About how often do you…?
  6. 6. Reasons for Tardiness <ul><li>Over half the students are late to school because they oversleep (56%), with transportation problems (27%) being the second-most cited reason. </li></ul><ul><li>One-in-four (25%) are late – at least sometimes – due to morning responsibilities. </li></ul>About how often are you LATE to school because you...?
  7. 7. Reasons for Tardiness <ul><li>Boys are more likely to be late because they oversleep (62% boys vs. 50% girls). </li></ul><ul><li>Boys are late due to family responsibilities four times as often as girls (25% boys vs. 6% girls). Whether this surprising difference may be due to the unexpected nature, timing or other aspect of the responsibilities for boys is unclear. </li></ul><ul><li>Girls are more likely to be late attempting to avoid bullies or gang members on the way to school (16% boys vs. 26% girls). </li></ul>About how often are you LATE to school because you...? Male Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Oversleep 19% 19% 44% 18% Have transportation problems (late bus, late drop-off, etc.) 61% 11% 18% 10% Hope to avoid gang members, bullies or others GOING TO SCHOOL 74% 9% 9% 7% Have morning family responsibilities (watching younger kids, etc.) 56% 19% 21% 4% Female Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Oversleep 28% 21% 37% 13% Have transportation problems (late bus, late drop-off, etc.) 56% 19% 18% 7% Hope to avoid gang members, bullies or others GOING TO SCHOOL 55% 19% 22% 4% Have morning family responsibilities (watching younger kids, etc.) 82% 12% 4% 2%
  8. 8. Education and Employment Plans After APEX <ul><li>Most students (77%) appear very likely to attend college after APEX, with half (49%) indicating they are very likely to attend a four-year college and over one-quarter (28%) very likely to attend a two-year college or vocational school after APEX. </li></ul><ul><li>One-third (35%) plan to work part-time work and almost one-in-five (18%) plan to seek full-time work, which for many, may be concurrent with further schooling. </li></ul>How likely do you think it is that you will do the following within six months of leaving APEX?
  9. 9. Education and Employment Plans After APEX <ul><li>Many more girls indicate they are “very likely” to attend a four-year college (40% boys vs. 61% girls), while boys more often cite full-time employment (21% boys vs. 12% girls), and the military (15% boys vs. 8% girls), as “very likely” paths for them after APEX. </li></ul>How likely do you think it is that you will do the following within six months of leaving APEX? Male Very Likely Somewhat likely Not at all Likely Unsure/Don't know Attend a four-year college 40% 36% 9% 15% Attend a two-year college or vocational school 28% 44% 16% 13% Find full-time employment 21% 36% 24% 19% Find part-time employment 36% 49% 4% 11% Join the military 15% 21% 37% 27% Female Very Likely Somewhat likely Not at all Likely Unsure/Don't know Attend a four-year college 61% 22% 5% 12% Attend a two-year college or vocational school 29% 43% 14% 14% Find full-time employment 12% 37% 28% 22% Find part-time employment 36% 43% 10% 11% Join the military 8% 6% 56% 30%
  10. 10. Attitudes about College and Outside Influences <ul><li>Four-in-five (79%) students want to go to college, and even more students (83%) agree that college is an option for them after attending APEX. </li></ul>How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
  11. 11. Attitudes about College and Outside Influences <ul><li>More girls than boys want to go to college, regardless of what their family thinks (74% boys vs. 89% girls). </li></ul><ul><li>Both girls and boys feel APEX has given them the option of going to college (82% boys and 86% girls). </li></ul>How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Male Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree Not applicable Regardless of what my family thinks, I want to go to college. 49% 25% 19% 4% 1% 2% My mom wants me to go to college 65% 26% 6% 1% 1% 1% My dad wants me to go to college 55% 19% 10% 2% 2% 13% College is an option for me after APEX 52% 30% 15% 2% 1% 1% Female Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree Not applicable Regardless of what my family thinks, I want to go to college. 65% 24% 7% 0% 0% 4% My mom wants me to go to college 77% 15% 6% 0% 0% 3% My dad wants me to go to college 69% 17% 6% 1% 0% 7% College is an option for me after APEX 60% 26% 10% 3% 0% 1%
  12. 12. Attitudes about College and Outside Influences <ul><li>Over one-in-four students (26%) feel that, even working part-time and/or with financial aid, they won ’t be able to afford college. </li></ul><ul><li>Despite one-in-four students (24%) saying family members are concerned about them spending time with a bad influence, few students (13%) feel they spend time with people who are a bad influence. </li></ul>How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
  13. 13. Attitudes about College and Outside Influences <ul><li>More boys than girls feel they won ’t be able to afford college (27% boys vs. 10% girls). </li></ul>How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Male Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree Not applicable APEX is not going to make a significant difference on my future 8% 8% 24% 25% 28% 6% Even with financial aid and working part-time, I won't be able to afford college 8% 19% 30% 23% 17% 3% I spend too much time with people who are a bad influence 5% 8% 35% 19% 27% 6% I'm going to end up stuck in this neighborhood, no matter what 4% 6% 28% 22% 31% 9% Female Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree Not applicable APEX is not going to make a significant difference on my future 7% 17% 24% 32% 17% 4% Even with financial aid and working part-time, I won't be able to afford college 7% 3% 22% 31% 32% 5% I spend too much time with people who are a bad influence 7% 5% 19% 32% 30% 7% I'm going to end up stuck in this neighborhood, no matter what 4% 11% 14% 33% 35% 4%
  14. 14. Parental Involvement and Family Responsibilities <ul><li>Four-in-five (80%) students are told that they are loved by one or more parents, and most parents appear to be involved and engaged with their kids. </li></ul><ul><li>Helping with homework is an area where students ’ needs are not met, suggesting a lack of ability and/or time prevents APEX students from getting attention that could better support their academic progress and success. </li></ul>About how often, if at all, has a parent or guardian spent time with you in the following ways?
  15. 15. Parental Involvement and Family Responsibilities <ul><li>About half of APEX parents attempt to set limits and impose rules on their teenagers in many areas of their lives, including where they go and with whom they associate. </li></ul><ul><li>There are still some kids who -- in certain areas of their lives -- appear to have no parental limits (Never, 14-20%). </li></ul>How often does a parent or guardian set -- or attempt to set -- rules or limits on...?
  16. 16. Parental Involvement and Family Responsibilities <ul><li>Some APEX students (15%) live in households with frequent yelling and another chunk (30%) sometimes yelling, meaning that almost half (45%) hear yelling sometimes or often, along with name-calling and insults (30%). </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, there are households where people in conflict go without talking to each other for various periods of time. </li></ul>When conflict arises, how do one or more members of your household generally deal with it?
  17. 17. Parental Involvement and Family Responsibilities <ul><li>About one-in-three students are at least sometimes responsible for looking after children, older adults or others after school (35%) or on the weekend (34%). </li></ul>How often are you responsible for looking after children, older adults, low functioning adults?
  18. 18. Emotions, Feelings and Stressors <ul><li>About one-in-five students suffer from emotional stressors, including post-traumatic stress (20%), witnessing something traumatic (24%) or feelings of hopelessness (19%). </li></ul><ul><li>A surprising 16% suffer from insomnia at least once per week, exacerbating the already disturbingly high number of students who get inadequate sleep. </li></ul>How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
  19. 19. Emotions, Feelings and Stressors <ul><li>These stressors impact more girls than boys across the board. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hopelessness about the future (15% boys vs. 29% girls) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Witnessing something violent (16% boys vs. 26% girls) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traumatic experience (12% boys vs. 20% girls) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insomnia weekly or more often (11% boys vs. 19% girls) </li></ul></ul>How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Male Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree Not applicable I feel hopeless about my future 9% 6% 25% 19% 30% 10% I witnessed something violent, dangerous or scary that still bothers me 6% 10% 20% 29% 24% 11% I've had traumatic experiences that affect me to this day 4% 8% 25% 22% 26% 15% I suffer from insomnia at least once per week 3% 8% 19% 24% 32% 13% Female Strongly Agree Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Disagree Strongly Disagree Not applicable I feel hopeless about my future 16% 13% 13% 16% 26% 16% I witnessed something violent, dangerous or scary that still bothers me 11% 15% 16% 21% 25% 12% I've had traumatic experiences that affect me to this day 11% 9% 11% 21% 29% 18% I suffer from insomnia at least once per week 9% 10% 17% 24% 29% 10%
  20. 20. Emotions, Feelings and Stressors <ul><li>Over one-in-five students are sometimes or often involved in drugs (23%: 11% often, 12% sometimes) </li></ul><ul><li>One-in-five students are sometimes or often involved in unprotected sex (19%: 9% often, 10% sometimes). </li></ul><ul><li>Over one-in-ten students (13%) are at least sometimes physically punished by a parent or guardian. </li></ul>About how often have you PERSONALLY been...?
  21. 21. Emotions, Feelings and Stressors <ul><li>At least one-third of students sometimes or often experience emotions warranting talking to a counselor (37%), including anxiety (47%) and depression (40%). </li></ul><ul><li>Close to half the students feel unmotivated (45%) and/or overwhelmed (40%). </li></ul><ul><li>One-third (35%) feel teachers sometimes (25%) or often (10%) give up and stop teaching. </li></ul>About how often, if at all, do you feel...?
  22. 22. Emotions, Feelings and Stressors <ul><li>Most students (62%) say they see students acting out and disrupting the classroom often (29%) or sometimes (33%), while two-in-five (40%: often 12%, sometimes 28%) see verbal abuse of teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Almost half (45%) the students see gang activities at school (often 19%, sometimes 26%). </li></ul>About how often do you personally witness?
  23. 23. Bullying and Harassment <ul><li>The classroom is the second most likely place for students to see or experience bullying or harassment (24%: often 5%, sometimes 19%), preceded only slightly by the hallway (28%: often 8%, sometimes 20%). </li></ul><ul><li>Slightly less bullying happens in the restrooms and locker rooms than in the classrooms (both 22% vs. 24%). </li></ul>How often do you see or experience bullying or harassment in the following places at school?
  24. 24. Bullying and Harassment <ul><li>One-in-five students report having sometimes or often been harassed verbally (20%) and/or socially (21%). </li></ul>About how often have you personally been the victim of any of the following types of harassment ...?
  25. 25. Bullying and Harassment: LGBT Students <ul><li>One-out-of-ten students (10%) have been bullied because of their tolerance for homosexuality (7%) or because they are or are perceived to be gay (3%). </li></ul><ul><li>Over half the students (54%) report bullying of gays does not happen at APEX, raising the question of what “much” means to students. </li></ul>Which statements best reflect your opinions about bullying of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender...?
  26. 26. Bullying and Harassment: LGBT Students <ul><li>Boys are more likely than girls to bully students based on sexual orientation (boys 8% vs. girls 3%). </li></ul><ul><li>While two-thirds of boys (65%) think bullying does not happen much, less than half the girls (45%) feel similarly. </li></ul><ul><li>Girls appear more sympathetic than do boys to victims of bullying based on sexual orientation (boys 42% vs. girls 58%). </li></ul>Which statements best reflect your opinions about bullying of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender...? Male Female I feel sad for kids who get bullied for this. 42% 58% Bullying of homosexuals is exaggerated to draw attention to their cause. 12% 11% I bully kids because I don ’t like them and they deserve it. 8% 3% Happened to me because I am sympathetic/tolerant of homosexuality. 7% 7% Happened because I am gay, or seem or act gay. 4% 3% Bullying doesn’ t happen much at our school. 65% 45% Total 149 135
  27. 27. Bullying and Harassment: Taking a Stand <ul><li>One-quarter of students assert that they always take a stand against bullying, but for many, reasons for not wanting to take a stand against bullying and harassment are that they did not want to get involved (43%), they did not consider the incident their business (41%), they did not want to get in trouble (19%) or they did not consider the situation that bad (17%). </li></ul>There are lots of reasons that we have for not wanting to take a stand against bullying, harassment...?
  28. 28. Demographics: Moving <ul><li>Over one-quarter of the students have moved in the past year, with some moving twice (4%) or even more (2%). </li></ul>How many times have you moved in the last twelve months?
  29. 29. Demographics: Home and Automobiles <ul><li>Two-thirds of students live in homes with one toilet (66%) and one shower (68%) that they share with an average of 5.3 people. </li></ul><ul><li>Almost half the students (47%) live in places with less than two bedrooms, while one-third (33%) have two bedrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>One-third (33%) of the students ’ families have one car while some do not have a car (14%). </li></ul><ul><li>*Students have an average of 5.3 people per household. </li></ul>How many of the following do you have in your home?
  30. 30. Demographics: Hunger and Food <ul><li>About one-in-four (24%) students use food stamps. </li></ul>In the past twelve months, did any of the following occur to you or any member of your family?
  31. 31. Demographics: Gender and Age Are you male or female? How old are you currently? How old are you currently? Male Female 15 or younger 25% 40% 16 32% 24% 17 28% 25% 18 or older 15% 10% Total 108 107

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