School Climate Survey

School Climate Survey

The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) is a nationally-recognized school climate survey that provides an in-depth profile of your school community’s particular strengths, as well as areas for improvement.

With the CSCI, you can quickly and accurately assess student, parent/ guardian, and school personnel perceptions in order to get the data that you need to make informed decisions for lasting improvement.

The CSCI school climate survey is an empirically validated tool that has been used by thousands of educators, students, and parents/ guardians nationwide. To learn more about the research and design of the CSCI, click here. 

The National School Climate Center is currently offering our widely utilized School Climate Survey for the 2023-24 school year.

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Find out more about the CSCI below or download the Features Benefits of Using the CSCI for easy reference.

Why Use the CSCI?

✅ Comprehensive surveys for students, staff and families.

✅ Measures of school climate across 14 Dimensions.

✅ Backed by 15 years of research; proven valid and reliable.

✅ Secure online reports provide easy access to survey results.

✅ Color-coded visuals make in-depth data interpretation simple.

✅ Cost includes one-on-one staff support.

What the CSCI Measures

The CSCI measures fourteen essential dimensions of a healthy school climate in five broad categories:

  • Safety 
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Institutional Environment
  • Leadership & Efficacy

What The CSCI School Report Show

Your school’s findings are presented in a robust report that provides:

  • Concrete data
  • Easy-to-read graphs
  • Presentation tools to aid in the creation of targeted action plans for sustained and measurable school-wide improvement.

This report presents a detailed whole-school profile of core strengths and areas for improvement based on the fourteen dimensions. If you would like to view a sample of the CSCI report that you would receive in your dashboard, you can view it here

Enhancements & Features

  • Get in-depth findings of your school’s unique strengths and needs
  • Get specific information based on sub-group data (grade level, gender, race, departments, positions, etc.)
  • Get the report and run with it – data is intuitive and comes with recommended guidelines and action charts for your action planning.
  • Single student survey appropriate for grades 3-12 and allows for better comparison and ease of administration across grade levels.
  • Enhanced reporting platform that allows you to filter and compare by respondent subgroup to assist in action planning and to learn how different groups are impacted by their school climate.
  • Survey items and dimensions better reflect current thinking on school climate and highlights aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Five Stage Improvement Process

NSCC provides a full range of support materials and on-staff guidance to schools as they work through the process to ensure success. Learn more about NSCC’s five stage improvement process.