Five years ago, PEN surveyed parents like you to see how parents of then-5th grade and middle school students perceived PUSD's middle school programs, and what concerns and priorities they had for their children's middle school education. Please take 10-15 minutes to answer the questions below so we can see whether the perceptions and needs of families like yours have changed (and if so, how) over the past five years. PEN will provide feedback to the School District based on the responses we receive. Thanks!

* 1. What grade(s) are your child(ren) in this school year (2016-17)? [Note: if you are taking this survey, you should have at least one child in 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade this year.]

* 2. What middle school(s) does/did your child(ren) attend?

* 3. Before your child enrolled in a PUSD middle school, which of these statements best describes how you felt about the transition?

* 4. Prior to your student entering middle school, to what extent were you concerned about the following:

  Very Somewhat A little Not at all
Academic Rigor
Class size
Demographics of student body
Discipline
Enrichment/elective opportunities
Extracurricular/after school activities
Facilities
Parent Involvement
Quality of teaching
Safety
Social environment
Exposure to anti-social behaviors (ie: “sexting,” drugs, drinking, smoking, cutting, etc.)
Child might get in with a “bad” crowd
The predominant values at the school might not be the same as our family’s values
Limited curriculum might not prepare my child for high school
Lack of instructional and classroom resources
Not enough opportunities for me to be involved in my child’s school in a way that will support my child’s school experience

* 5. Now that your child has been in a PUSD middle school, how concerned are you, if at all, about each of the following:

  Very Somewhat A little Not at all
Academic Rigor
Class size
Demographics of student body
Discipline
Enrichment/elective opportunities
Extracurricular/after school activities
Facilities
Parent Involvement
Quality of teaching
Safety
Social environment/friends
Exposure to anti-social behaviors (ie: “sexting,” drugs, drinking, smoking, cutting, etc.)
Getting in with a “bad” crowd
The predominant values at the school are not the same as our family’s values
Limited curriculum that doesn’t prepare my child for high school
Lack of instructional and classroom resources
Not enough opportunities for me to be involved in my child’s school in a way that will support my child’s school experience

* 6. How would you rank your child(ren)’s overall experience in a PUSD middle school?

* 7. What were the major factors that you considered when evaluating whether to attend a PUSD middle school? Check all that apply.

* 8. What is one thing you wish you had known about middle schools that you didn’t know?

* 9. What would you like elementary school parents to know about your middle school?

* 10. One good thing about my middle school is...

* 11. The biggest challenge at my middle school is...

* 12. If you could change one thing about your middle school, what would it be?

* 13. Based on your experience, can parent engagement have a significant impact during middle school?

* 14. Do you know what “A-G requirements” means? (Please be honest and don’t google before answering!)

The following questions are for statistical purposes only.

* 15. What is the racial/ethnic make-up of the adults in your household?

* 16. What is your family income?

* 17. What is the highest level of formal education you have achieved?

* 18. Do you have any additional comments?

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