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APEX Student Survey Report 2011

  1. 1. APEX Student Survey: Life Outside the Classroom Funded by a grant from Diploma Plus Spring 2011
  2. 2. Table of Contents <ul><li>Background and Objectives 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep and Alertness Habits 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Media Usage 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Reasons for Tardiness and Absences 11 </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Employment Plans After APEX 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Attitudes about College and Outside Influences 17 </li></ul><ul><li>Parental Involvement and Family Responsibilities 21 </li></ul><ul><li>Emotions, Feelings, and Stressors 29 </li></ul><ul><li>Bullying and Harrassment 37 </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics 45 </li></ul><ul><li>How APEX Helps Students with Stressors 50 </li></ul><ul><li>Appendix: Student Survey Questionnaire 61 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background and Objectives <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>Specifically, the findings will give staff insight into the day to day lives of students, providing an opportunity to better understand the challenges and experiences students deal with in their families and neighborhoods – issues that affect their academic successes in positive and negative ways. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Methodology <ul><li>During the survey process, two preliminary focus groups were conducted – one consisted of staff and one included a selection of students with representation by various ethnic groups and ages. Students were targeted based on their anticipated ability to share opinions openly. </li></ul><ul><li>An anonymous virtual suggestion box was created to receive additional input from staff and students. </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback on the first draft was provided and needed refinements were made before testing the survey. </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>
  5. 5. 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...?
  6. 6. Sleep and Alertness Habits* <ul><li>Overall, sleep quantities and beliefs are similar, regardless of gender. </li></ul><ul><li>*Due to rounding of whole percentages, some findings total 99% or 101%. </li></ul>How much sleep do you...? Male Less than 5 hours 5-6 hours 6-7 hours 7-9 hours More than 9 hours Get on school nights? 10% 19% 31% 36% 3% Get on weekends or holidays? 12% 19% 17% 28% 24% Think is recommended by experts for MOST people your age? 6% 5% 17% 59% 13% Think you PERSONALLY need on school nights to do your best at school? 6% 9% 17% 50% 19% Female Less than 5 hours 5-6 hours 6-7 hours 7-9 hours More than 9 hours Get on school nights? 8% 20% 31% 37% 4% Get on weekends or holidays? 16% 13% 19% 22% 30% Think is recommended by experts for MOST people your age? 6% 5% 14% 60% 16% Think you PERSONALLY need on school nights to do your best at school? 4% 6% 13% 52% 25%
  7. 7. 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…?
  8. 8. Sleep and Alertness Habits* <ul><li>Slightly more boys nap often than girls (22% boys, 15% girls). </li></ul><ul><li>Boys and girls use legal stimulants to stay awake in fairly similar proportions. </li></ul>About how often do you…? Male Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Take a nap? 14% 19% 45% 22% Use LEGAL substances like coffee, energy drinks or other to keep you alert? 50% 18% 22% 10% Use ILLEGAL substances like stimulants or drugs to keep you alert? 80% 9% 6% 6% Female Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Take a nap? 16% 23% 46% 15% Use LEGAL substances like coffee, energy drinks or other to keep you alert? 48% 23% 21% 8% Use ILLEGAL substances like stimulants or drugs to keep you alert? 80% 7% 3% 10%
  9. 9. Media Usage <ul><li>On an average school day, over half the students (52%) spend at least three hours texting or emailing on a mobile device, with over two-in-five (43%) spending over four hours a day. </li></ul><ul><li>Over one-quarter (27%) spend three or more hours watching TV on the average school day. </li></ul>On an average SCHOOL day, how many hours do you...?
  10. 10. Media Usage <ul><li>Boys tend to watch twice as much TV (2+ hours: 50% boys vs. 21% girls) while more girls than boys spend time texting or emailing on a mobile device (2+ hours: 56% boys vs. 69% girls). </li></ul>On an average SCHOOL day, how many hours do you...? Male None Less than 1 hour per day 1-2 hours per day 2-3 hours per day 3-4 hours per day 4 or more hours per day Text or email on a mobile device 16% 18% 10% 11% 6% 39% Play video or computer games 19% 19% 14% 11% 18% 19% Play with other electronic devices 13% 27% 15% 14% 14% 18% Use a computer for non-school activities (email, Web surfing , etc.) 12% 31% 16% 17% 9% 16% Watch TV 11% 15% 24% 28% 9% 13% Talk on the phone 34% 36% 14% 7% 3% 6% Female None Less than 1 hour per day 1-2 hours per day 2-3 hours per day 3-4 hours per day 4 or more hours per day Text or email on a mobile device 7% 15% 8% 7% 11% 51% Play video or computer games 12% 21% 20% 21% 7% 19% Play with other electronic devices 4% 13% 26% 26% 16% 15% Use a computer for non-school activities (email, Web surfing , etc.) 39% 25% 11% 11% 1% 12% Watch TV 23% 39% 16% 10% 3% 8% Talk on the phone 45% 23% 12% 10% 3% 7%
  11. 11. Reasons for Tardiness and Absences <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...?
  12. 12. Reasons for Tardiness and Absences <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%
  13. 13. Reasons for Tardiness and Absences <ul><li>One-in-ten students are often absent and one-quarter are sometimes absent because they are tired. It would be helpful to better understand what “tired” means – physically, mentally and emotionally -- so that this finding could be effectively addressed. </li></ul>About how often do you MISS school because you are...?
  14. 14. Reasons for Tardiness and Absences <ul><li>Boys are less likely to be absent due to sickness (40% boys vs. 60% girls). Whether this difference is because they get sick less often or because they are more likely to come to school in spite of being sick is unclear. </li></ul>About how often do you MISS school because you are...? Male Never Rarely Sometimes Often Sick 17% 43% 34% 6% Tired 38% 25% 25% 12% Helping AT HOME (watching younger kids) 48% 31% 19% 2% Helping OUTSIDE the home (translating, work) 53% 30% 15% 3% Not prepared for class or not having done your homework 62% 19% 13% 6% Unable to afford transportation to school 83% 8% 6% 2% Depressed 67% 20% 6% 6% Avoiding confrontations at school with students 81% 12% 5% 3% Hungover or altered by drugs or alcohol 76% 14% 5% 6% Avoiding outside confrontations 84% 8% 4% 4% Female Never Rarely Sometimes Often Sick 8% 32% 54% 6% Tired 38% 27% 27% 7% Helping AT HOME (watching younger kids.) 60% 24% 11% 5% Helping OUTSIDE the home (translating, work) 53% 33% 10% 4% Not prepared for class or not having done your homework 67% 21% 9% 2% Unable to afford transportation to school 69% 20% 8% 3% Depressed 88% 7% 5% 1% Avoiding confrontations at school with students 85% 7% 4% 4% Hungover or altered by drugs or alcohol 87% 7% 3% 4% Avoiding outside confrontations 91% 7% 1% 2%
  15. 15. 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?
  16. 16. 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%
  17. 17. Attitudes about College and Outside Influences <ul><li>In looking at “not applicable” as a proxy for an absent father, it appears there is no difference between the supportiveness of mothers and fathers when it comes to students going to college. </li></ul><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?
  18. 18. 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%
  19. 19. 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?
  20. 20. 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%
  21. 21. 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?
  22. 22. Parental Involvement and Family Responsibilities About how often, if at all, has a parent or guardian spent time with you in the following ways? Male Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Helped you with homework? 27% 29% 39% 6% Doing one of your favorite activities? 20% 27% 40% 13% Talked with you about things in the news? 13% 18% 46% 23% Talked with you about your friends? 13% 23% 45% 19% Talked about things that interest you? 13% 19% 54% 15% Talked with you about your day? 10% 21% 41% 28% Told you that he or she loves you? 9% 7% 43% 41% Talked about college? 8% 15% 44% 32% Talked about jobs or careers for after highschool? 8% 9% 53% 30% Female Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Helped you with homework? 26% 26% 34% 14% Doing one of your favorite activities? 18% 24% 33% 25% Talked with you about things in the news? 10% 13% 38% 38% Talked with you about your friends? 9% 21% 36% 34% Talked about things that interest you? 8% 14% 43% 35% Talked with you about your day? 7% 13% 25% 55% Told you that he or she loves you? 7% 19% 35% 40% Talked about college? 5% 11% 37% 47% Talked about jobs or careers for after highschool? 4% 13% 30% 53%
  23. 23. 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...?
  24. 24. Parental Involvement and Family Responsibilities <ul><li>Parents appear to set rules and attempt to control girls’ lives much more than they do boys’ study habits, friends and curfew. </li></ul>How often does a parent or guardian set -- or attempt to set -- rules or limits on...? Male Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often When you do homework 19% 24% 32% 24% Where you go on weekends 24% 26% 28% 22% How late you can stay up at night 19% 21% 40% 20% Where you go after school 22% 27% 37% 14% The people you hang out with 20% 22% 44% 14% Your time spent with friends 24% 25% 38% 13% Computer/video games, TV or music 15% 34% 46% 5% Female Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often When you do homework 13% 17% 30% 40% Where you go on weekends 15% 12% 34% 39% How late you can stay up at night 18% 16% 29% 37% Where you go after school 10% 20% 37% 33% The people you hang out with 17% 19% 33% 32% Your time spent with friends 15% 19% 36% 31% Computer/video games, TV or music 17% 26% 35% 22%
  25. 25. 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?
  26. 26. Parental Involvement and Family Responsibilities <ul><li>No meaningful, actionable gender differences for this question series. </li></ul>When conflict arises, how do one or more members of your household generally deal with it? Male Never Rarely Sometimes Often Go without talking up to 3 days 67% 15% 15% 4% Use alcohol 76% 9% 11% 4% Yell 39% 18% 32% 11% Insult or call each other names 51% 19% 20% 9% Break stuff 68% 17% 13% 3% Use drugs 84% 5% 8% 3% Hit or slap people 66% 22% 9% 3% Go without talking for more than 3 days 71% 14% 9% 6% Female Never Rarely Sometimes Often Go without talking up to 3 days 56% 23% 9% 11% Use alcohol 70% 16% 7% 7% Yell 19% 35% 30% 17% Insult or call each other names 44% 27% 20% 9% Break stuff 70% 21% 5% 4% Use drugs 78% 11% 7% 5% Hit or slap people 61% 26% 8% 5% Go without talking for more than 3 days 65% 14% 8% 12%
  27. 27. 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?
  28. 28. Parental Involvement and Family Responsibilities <ul><li>More girls than boys care for other family members after school (26% boys vs. 44% girls), as well as having childcare responsibilities on the weekend (23% boys vs. 47% girls). </li></ul><ul><li>Differences could be due to expectations of parents of girls to hear rear children and, perhaps, either a causal or correlating relationship with after school and weekend activities. </li></ul>How often are you responsible for looking after children, older adults, low functioning adults..? Male Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Before school 68% 19% 12% 2% After school 54% 19% 20% 6% On weekends 56% 22% 19% 4% Female Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Before school 68% 18% 7% 7% After school 39% 17% 30% 14% On weekends 38% 15% 36% 11%
  29. 29. 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?
  30. 30. 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%
  31. 31. 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...?
  32. 32. Emotions, Feelings and Stressors <ul><li>Many more boys report doing drugs “often” compared to girls (13% boys vs. 2% girls). </li></ul>About how often have you PERSONALLY been...? Male Never Rarely Sometimes Often Involved in unprotected sex 58% 19% 12% 10% Doing drugs 58% 18% 11% 13% Physically PUNISHED by a parent or guardian. 69% 20% 9% 1% Verbally abused by someone in your household. 77% 14% 7% 2% Subject to unwanted sexual advancements 91% 5% 4% 1% Physically abused by someone else in your household 88% 7% 3% 2% Verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend 83% 12% 3% 2% Physically assaulted by a boyfriend or girlfriend 86% 10% 2% 2% Female Never Rarely Sometimes Often Involved in unprotected sex 64% 14% 14% 7% Doing drugs 64% 21% 13% 2% Physically PUNISHED by a parent or guardian. 72% 13% 12% 3% Verbally abused by someone in your household. 79% 7% 8% 6% Subject to unwanted sexual advancements 88% 3% 5% 5% Physically abused by someone else in your household 86% 9% 4% 1% Verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend 89% 6% 4% 2% Physically assaulted by a boyfriend or girlfriend 89% 6% 3% 3%
  33. 33. 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...?
  34. 34. Emotions, Feelings and Stressors <ul><li>Over twice as many girls than boys indicate “often” feeling overwhelmed (7% boys vs. 19% girls), unmotivated (7% boys vs. 18% girls), depressed (6% boys vs. 14% girls) and like they need to talk to a counselor (6% boys vs. 16% girls). </li></ul>About how often, if at all, do you feel...? Male Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Overwhelmed 37% 31% 25% 7% Unmotivated 32% 27% 33% 7% Like you need to talk to a counselor 46% 23% 25% 6% Sad or depressed 43% 30% 22% 6% Nervous or anxious 33% 30% 31% 6% That teachers give up and stop teaching 40% 28% 26% 6% Female Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Overwhelmed 21% 28% 33% 19% Unmotivated 20% 25% 37% 18% Like you need to talk to a counselor 27% 27% 30% 16% Sad or depressed 29% 21% 36% 14% Nervous or anxious 29% 29% 35% 7% That teachers give up and stop teaching 36% 26% 24% 13%
  35. 35. 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 the students see gang activities at school (45%: often 19%, sometimes 26%). </li></ul>About how often do you personally witness?
  36. 36. Emotions, Feelings and Stressors <ul><li>Girls perceive student classroom disruption happening more often than boys (boys 24%, girls 32%), while girls witness gang activities less often (boys 22%, girls 15%). </li></ul>About how often do you personally witness? Male Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Students acting out and disrupting the classroom 24% 17% 35% 24% Gang activities 30% 24% 24% 22% Student bullying 46% 23% 17% 14% Student racial/ethnic tensions 45% 29% 17% 9% Student verbal abuse of teachers 39% 23% 29% 9% Student sexual harassment of other students 51% 31% 12% 6% Female Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Students acting out and disrupting the classroom 17% 19% 33% 32% Gang activities 33% 22% 30% 15% Student bullying 36% 25% 24% 14% Student racial/ethnic tensions 39% 27% 21% 13% Student verbal abuse of teachers 38% 32% 18% 12% Student sexual harassment of other students 50% 27% 13% 9%
  37. 37. Victims of Bullying and/or 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 ...?
  38. 38. Victims of Bullying and/or Harassment <ul><li>Students who are harassed often varies relatively little by gender, other than that more boys than girls report being physically bullied sometimes (boys 13% vs. girls 7%). </li></ul>About how often have you personally been the victim of any of the following types of harassment ...? Male Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Socially (e.g., excluded, humiliated, gossiped about) 57% 23% 13% 6% Verbally (e.g., teased, threatened, called names) 46% 32% 15% 6% Physically (e.g., hit, shoved, kicked) 59% 23% 13% 5% Female Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Socially (e.g., excluded, humiliated, gossiped about) 55% 21% 17% 7% Verbally (e.g., teased, threatened, called names) 58% 21% 11% 9% Physically (e.g., hit, shoved, kicked) 72% 17% 7% 4%
  39. 39. Bullying of 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...?
  40. 40. Bullying of 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
  41. 41. 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>Less bullying happens in the restrooms and locker rooms than the classrooms (both 22% vs. 24%). </li></ul>How often do you see or experience bullying or harassment in the following places at school?
  42. 42. Bullying and Harassment <ul><li>More girls than boys perceive or experience bullying and harrassment across the board, especially in the restrooms (boys 15%, girls 29%) and at the lockers (boys 13%, girls 21%). </li></ul>How often do you see or experience bullying or harassment in the following places at school? Male Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Hallway 51% 27% 13% 9% Classroom 56% 23% 16% 6% Restroom 61% 23% 8% 7% At lockers 62% 24% 7% 6% Cafeteria 64% 19% 9% 7% Locker room 59% 21% 12% 7% Car pick up 71% 18% 7% 4% Female Never Hardly Ever Sometimes Often Hallway 39% 28% 25% 7% Classroom 49% 26% 21% 4% Restroom 49% 22% 26% 3% At lockers 57% 22% 18% 3% Cafeteria 61% 21% 16% 2% Locker room 58% 16% 23% 3% Car pick up 66% 20% 12% 2%
  43. 43. Bullying and Harassment <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...?
  44. 44. Bullying and Harassment <ul><li>Boys were more likely to not act because they did not consider the situation so bad (boys 20%, girls 15%). </li></ul><ul><li>Girls are twice as likely to not take a stand because they are afraid (boys 6%, girls 12%). </li></ul>There are lots of reasons that we have for not wanting to take a stand against bullying, harassment...? Male Female I didn’t know what to do or who to talk to. 15% 13% I didn’t want to get in trouble for telling. 21% 18% I didn’t want to get involved. 43% 45% I was afraid. 6% 12% If I told someone, they wouldn’t do anything. 11% 13% It isn’t right to tell on other people. 12% 10% It wasn’t my business or my problem. 40% 44% Not applicable -- I always take action. 27% 29% The person being bullied deserved it. 10% 8% The situation wasn’t so bad. 20% 15% Total 208 207
  45. 45. Demographics: Housing <ul><li>The majority of students (76%) are living in apartments, with one-in-five students (20%) living in apartments with public assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>About one-in-five (22%) have families that own their own home. </li></ul>What is your current housing status?
  46. 46. 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?
  47. 47. 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?
  48. 48. 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?
  49. 49. 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
  50. 50. Open-Ended Answers to: “In what ways, if any, has APEX helped you manage some of the stress you have in your life outside of school?” Spring 2011
  51. 51. How APEX Helps Students with Stressors <ul><li>APEX has helped me develop as a student and a person. In APEX teachers care about your future. There is always someone there to help you. You get more chances than at normal schools. </li></ul><ul><li>It helped me with my emotional problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Emotionally, APEX has helped me a lot and they have helped me do better in school even though we have a few teachers that need to be replaced so we can learn and feel confident doing the work. </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Paz is always helping us with our problems that we have in and outside of school. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me to stay in school and not be a drop out. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me with some of my problems. For example, with college and with teachers that didn't teach in class. </li></ul><ul><li>I have teachers that help me out if I don’t understand an assignment. </li></ul>
  52. 52. How APEX Helps Students with Stressors <ul><li>APEX has helped me with my school troubles. I came to APEX thinking I wasn't even going to graduate high school, let alone go away to college, but I ended up learning so much about college that I applied and got in. I am happy to say APEX is the reason I'm going away to college next semester. </li></ul><ul><li>I have kind of stepped up my grades thanks to some of my teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>I think that APEX has given me the opportunity to get distracted in class, as in learning a lesson. When the teachers teach you, you forget about everything that is happening and I believe that helps a lot. </li></ul><ul><li>The teachers are always helpful making some things easy for me. </li></ul><ul><li>I feel like I have matured a lot during the past 3 years. And I do believe that APEX has something to do with my growth. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me a lot and it has stopped me from getting in trouble. </li></ul>
  53. 53. How APEX Helps Students with Stressors <ul><li>They helped me learn new things and made me smarter and smarter. Now I am able to help my younger family members because of what APEX has taught me. </li></ul><ul><li>Well, I just started. All my teachers are great except my math teacher. I hate her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! </li></ul><ul><li>It has helped me a lot because when I first moved to APEX there were teachers who explain a lot things better than other teachers [at my old school], so they helped me a lot. :) </li></ul><ul><li>They helped me solve my problems with people that wanted to start problems with me. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything! They are always there for me like family, and a family like APEX Academy is hard to find in a community like this. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped a lot in school. If it wasn't for APEX, I don't think I would be going to college. </li></ul>
  54. 54. How APEX Helps Students with Stressors <ul><li>It has helped me with a lot of stuff. It has helped me to keep on moving on and to not give up on my dreams. It also helped me by showing me I can trust the teachers and tell them about my personal issues. They have helped me and showed me that I'm not alone and that I’ll always have someone next to me while I'm here at APEX Academy. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX gives people a chance, that normal schools don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>They have somewhat helped with school, but not with other things. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me in so many ways! They have given me the right classes throughout my high school years. They have faith in us and never give up on us. All teachers are helpful. I love APEX. They helped me get to college. </li></ul><ul><li>They helped me by letting me know that I can make it somewhere in my future!! </li></ul>
  55. 55. How APEX Helps Students with Stressors <ul><li>Yes, APEX has helped by raising up my grades. </li></ul><ul><li>I feel that APEX has helped me, but not as much as I thought it would. </li></ul><ul><li>They have helped me everything I know. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me a lot. For example, they have helped me pass my classes. </li></ul><ul><li>I have some people to talk to and I could get my stress out when I talk to someone. </li></ul><ul><li>They make my classes easier and they help me with my homework and with stuff I don’t understand. They also help you with problems that you have. </li></ul><ul><li>They have good teachers and they are good at telling you what you need. APEX opens doors for people that need to talk. Most of the adults here are trustworthy and are here if anyone needs them, so APEX has helped me deal with stress because it has shown me that I have a home away from home. </li></ul>
  56. 56. How APEX Helps Students with Stressors <ul><li>APEX has done good things for me. I love this school and its programs. This is such a good environment to study. I recommend this school to anyone. Thank you APEX. </li></ul><ul><li>They've helped me stress less over my senior year and the things required to graduate. </li></ul><ul><li>Help by talking to parent/guardian!! </li></ul><ul><li>They have made the ways of learning easier and in that way I don’t stress a lot. </li></ul><ul><li>Talked to me about my problems. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has been a great experience for my success in my education. I've gone through a lot in my life and APEX has been one of the greatest inspirations in my life. The teachers and counselors have been supporting me ever since the beginning. This school has been a great part of my life and has motivated me to keep studying and become someone successful in the future. </li></ul>
  57. 57. How APEX Helps Students with Stressors <ul><li>APEX has helped me in many ways. </li></ul><ul><li>It has helped me raise my grades and better myself. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX helps me because they give me a good learning environment and teachers who care. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me advance in my classes and help me be a better person. </li></ul><ul><li>By talking to me and helping me out. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me personally in a lot of ways. When I first came to this school I wasn't well good academically. The first A I ever got in school besides physical education was Ms. Sakurai's creative writing class. It made me feel good and I know if I try hard, I can be the first of four brothers to graduate on stage -- two of which are older than me. </li></ul><ul><li>Being there for me. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me in homework and raising my grade. </li></ul>
  58. 58. How APEX Helps Students with Stressors <ul><li>APEX has helped me in many ways. Especially to be a better person. </li></ul><ul><li>Also including this program called HEART in APEX. </li></ul><ul><li>They told me to talk to someone. </li></ul><ul><li>They help a lot because when you have problem, they help you to solve it. </li></ul><ul><li>They helped with a family loss. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me with my problems in many ways. One of them has been that when you have problems they always try and talk with you to see what they can do to help. </li></ul><ul><li>They have helped me with stress because they have a room called the space room where people could go and just reflect and chill out. </li></ul><ul><li>Well it helped me with my family because I had a drug problem and they helped me take care of it! They also helped me with my grades. </li></ul>
  59. 59. How APEX Helps Students with Stressors <ul><li>Personal talks. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX helped me to graduate in 3 years and also to experience college by sending me to Harvard University. I have people here that I can talk to and I know here me out and help me deal with my problems although I don't have any problems. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me in many ways. Most importantly, they helped me make my graduation possible. </li></ul><ul><li>It has helped me a lot with knowing what I want and in my sports. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me in many ways. I learned that I can have a better future and college is an option for me after high school. in managing my stress APEX helped me take my mind off it by getting involved for example leadership and talking to my counseler. </li></ul><ul><li>It helped me hold my anger back. </li></ul><ul><li>By talking it out. </li></ul>
  60. 60. How APEX Helps Students with Stressors <ul><li>I feel that APEX has opened my eyes and realize what's real after high school. I have learned that the person who is always under the influence still has potential to alter their life and begin a new path no matter where they are or who they are. </li></ul><ul><li>On helping me with personal problems and giving me hope to make my best and go to college </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me in many ways. Especially my college stuff. They helped me in what I have to do. </li></ul><ul><li>APEX has helped me when I'm stressed in some ways. Joining after school clubs has been a big help. Leadership, HEART, Key Club, and Newspaper have been my sanctuary. Keeping myself busy has helped me do positive things and make me stress free. </li></ul>
  61. 61. Appendix Questionnaire Pages 1-2
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  63. 63. Appendix Questionnaire Pages 5-6
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