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Issue Date: September 2008


2008 Private School Student Survey Results

During the summer, we asked Northeast Ohio private school students in grades six through 12 to take an online survey*. More than 200 students participated.

1. Check one:
Male 32%
Female 68%

2. Age at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year:
11 13%
12 11%
13 10%
14 18%
15 16%
16 17%
17 14%
18 3%

3. How would you describe yourself?
Athletic 56%
Artsy 33%
Brainy 39%
Geeky 12%
Popular 32%
Trendy 21%
Funny 63%
Other 25%

4. Select your 2008-2009 grade level:
6th grade 17%
7th grade 10%
8th grade 8%
9th grade 21%
10th grade 14%
11th grade 15%
12th grade 16%

5. If you could be any of these, which would you choose?
Homecoming queen/king 29%
Science fair winner 15%
Sports star 39%
Valedictorian 64%
Class president 24%
Class clown 18%
First chair 24%
Garage band leader 19%
Lead in school play 26%
Newspaper editor 20%

6. How many colleges do you plan on applying to?
0 1%
1-3 23%
4-6 55%
7 or more 21%

7. Where do you hope to go to college?
Ivy League school 17%
State college in Ohio 25%
State college outside Ohio 22%
Private college in Ohio 10%
Private college outside Ohio 27%

8. How much peer pressure exists in your school to ...
Succeed? A lot (50%)
Dress a certain way? Some (28%)
Be like everyone else: A little (35%)
Drink/do drugs: None (45%)
Have sex: None (44%)

9. Do you work outside of school?
No 60%
Yes 40%

10. Do you drive?
Yes 38%
No 62%

11. Do you drive your own car or your parents?
Own car 36%
Parents 64%

12. How many hours a week do you study?
Less than 1 23%
1-3 41%
4-6 19%
7 or more 17%

13. Where do you enjoy studying the most?
House 65%
Library 7%
Coffee shop 7%
Other 20%

14. Have you ever cheated on a test?
Yes 44%
No 56%

15. Have you ever lied about forgetting your homework?
Yes 57%
No 44%

16. Who puts the most pressure on you to succeed?
You 25%
Parents 52%
Teacher 14%
Friends 4%
Other 5%

17. Rate the following:
School’s cafeteria food: Good (31%)
Teacher fairness: Good (35%)
Guidance program: Good (34%)
Sports: Excellent (37%)
Clubs: Good (32%)
Band/musical program: Poor (27%)

18. Rate your school’s emphasis on the following:
Poor Fair Average Good Excellent

Science: Tie — Good and Excellent (32%)
Math: Excellent (41%)
English: Good (39%)
Foreign language: Good (29%)
Sports: Excellent (35%)
Other extra curricular activities: Good (37%)
Standardized tests: Good (31%)
College placement: Excellent (47%)

19. In addition to your schoolwork, how many clubs/activities are you involved in?
0 7%
1-3 59%
4-6 24%
7 or more 9%

20. How much do you read outside of schoolwork?
None 25%
30 minutes per day 40%
1-2 hours 21%
3 or more hours 14%

21. How many summer camps did you attend last summer?
0 52%
1-2 41%
3-5 7%
6 or more 0%

22. At what age do people in your school start dating?
13 58%
14 27%
15 9%
16 5%
17 0%
18 2%

23. Do you own a cell phone?
Yes 83%
No 17%

24. How many text messages do you send in one day?
0 24%
1-5 10%
6-10 12%
11-20 14%
21 or more 40%

25. Where do you get the most of your news/information?
Web 39%
TV 44%
Radio 11%
Newspaper 6%

26. How many hours a week do you volunteer?
0 45%
1-2 39%
3-5 12%
6 or more 4%

27. How much time do you spend on MySpace/Facebook?
None 30%
Less than 1 hour/week 9%
1-2 hours/week 21%
3-5 hours/week 24%
6 or more hours/week 17%

*(The margin of error for this survey is plus or minus 7 percent.)


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