Parent Capacity Survey
How much formal education have you had? (choose one)
Less than high school diploma
High school diploma
Vocational/Technical degree or certificate
Associate (2-year) degree
Master or professional degree (post-baccalaureate)
Have you ever tried to contact a teacher or administrator at SWOS?
If YES, please continue with the next 3 questions, based on the LAST TIME you contacted a staff member.
How did you make contact?
How satisfied were you with the interaction?
Not at all satisfied
How often do you discuss with your student(s) what she/he is doing at school?
about once a week
about once a month
Who typically brings up the topic, you or the student?
What kinds of things do you talk about? (check all that apply)
How do you learn about school events and services or programs at SWOS? (check all that apply)
school web site
school Facebook page
mailing from school
SWOS News (monthly newsletter)
notice posted at school
student tells me
phone call or text from school
SWOS provides services to its students' parents and family members through two different grant programs: 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Project Empower) and Expelled and At-Risk Student Services (Project Engage). In which of the following grant-funded opportunities have you or anyone else in your family participated through SWOS?
Engaging Families workshops (SWOSology for parents)
Classes through The Pinon Project (money management; Getting Ahead; Eating Healthy, Being Active)
Employment/career services through the Colorado Workforce Center
What is a major priority for your family, in terms of what your student(s) needs to work on in the coming year? (Example: behavior/social skills, attendance, academic achievement, motivation, substance abuse, etc.)
When are you available for phone calls and meetings at school? (days of week and times of day)
How do you prefer to be contacted by the school?
Have you ever attended the following school events? (check all that apply)
Gallery (held 2-3 times per year)
Family Orientation (first day of school in August)
Fall Fest (October)
School BBQ (late May)
Charter Board meeting (monthly)
Governance (every Tuesday)
SWOSology Parent Night
Graduation (late May)
Why did your student(s) choose to enroll (or continue) at SWOS? (check all that apply)
relative or friend attended
other schools would not accept her or him
reputation of school
small size of school
To your knowledge, has your student ever accessed the following resources at SWOS? (check all that apply)
School-based Health Center (medical and behavioral health services)
Youth Advocate (Mark)
Absence and Credit Recovery class (after school)
Service opportunities (outside/in addition to school curriculum)
Would you like to know more about any of the resources listed above?
When your student misses school, whether it's all day or part of the day, what is the reason? (check all that apply)
Student's work schedule
Misses the bus
Unreliable personal transportation
Out of town
When these things happen, what is your strategy or back-up plan for dealing with it?
Do you have a computer in your home?
Do you have internet access in your home?
Do you have access to a computer and/or internet access any place other than your home? (Example: relative's home, public library)
What is one thing you or your family can do to help the school? (Example: make sure student gets to school on time each morning.)
Do you have any skills you might like to share with the SWOS community? (Either professional or hobby, such as lead an after-school class, give presentation/workshop, class visits, help around campus, etc.)
For "veteran" parents, would you be willing to act as a "buddy" to the parent(s) of a new SWOS student?
Are you aware of ways you can volunteer at SWOS? (check all that you already know of)
Family Advisory Committee
Special events (set up, clean up, contribute)
Campus grounds, garden, and maintenance
School committees (School Improvement, Academic, Culture)
Would you like to know more about volunteering at SWOS?
What can SWOS do differently or better to help your student(s) earn a diploma?
What can SWOS do differently or better to help your student(s) acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for an entry-level job?
What can SWOS do differently or better to help your student(s) prepare for post-secondary education?
This year, SWOS mailed academic progress reports to parents/guardians 3-4 weeks into the fall and spring semesters. No progress reports were issued during the Fall, Winter, and Spring Intensives. Do you think the frequency of progress reports is
How would you prefer to receive progress reports?
US mail (current method)
e-mail with document attached
e-mail with link to access in PowerSchool
SWOS has partnerships with several local organizations, which allows us to offer classes and services to parents and families for little or no cost. What classes or support do you think you (not your student) might use? (check all that apply)
Help with job search (resume writing, interview skills, job search strategies)
English as a second language
Basic computer skills (keyboarding, using a mouse, send and open e-mail)
Popular computer software (Microsoft Office Suite; Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; Google Docs, Sheets, Forms)
Health occupations certificate programs (First Aid, CPR, CNA, Emergency Medical Responder)
Money Matters (managing personal finances, investment strategies)
Nutrition, including buying and preparing nutritious food
This year SWOS offered a series of workshops for parents called "Engaging Families" that taught strategies for interacting positively with their adolescent students. The topics covered were: Effective Communication; Empathy (how the adolescent brain works); Effects of Substance Use on the Teen Brain; Mood Management; Problem Solving. What other topics would you like to see addressed?
Your Name (optional)
Your student's name (optional)
End of Survey. Thank you very much for participating!
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