The National School Climate Center defines school climate as “the quality and character of school life” that is based on the “patterns of students’, parents’, and school personnel’s experiences of school life.” School climate can be influenced by the norms, goals, values, interpersonal relationships, instructional practices, and organizational structures within a school. Research has found that schools with positive school climates tend to have better test scores and graduation rates; in contrast, schools with negative school climates as a result of unsafe or hostile environments tend to have lower academic performance.
A sustainable, positive school climate supports people feeling socially, emotionally and physically safe. In a positive school climate people are engaged and respected. By contrast, disruptive and aggressive behavior such as threats, bullying, teasing and harassment creates a hostile school environment that interferes with academic performance. A hostile school environment fosters increased absenteeism and truancy because students feel unsafe at school. If a child is not physically and mentally in attendance, learning cannot take place.  National School Climate Center. (2014). School Climate. Retrieved from http://www.schoolclimate.org/climate/.
Below are the links to the Health Survey students are taking and the Parent Opt Out form.
Georgia Parent Survey
The Georgia Parent Survey for the 2016-2017 school year is open and will remain open through Friday, March 3, 2017. It contains 24 questions. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. For parents that do not have access to the Internet, they may come to TCHS to use the computers available in the media center. All parents are encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis. Results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online. The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.
Georgia Parent Survey:
Georgia Parent Survey
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) believes that a positive school climate is a significant factor in determining student achievement. School climate surveys were developed by the GaDOE to gather school climate perceptions from students, school staff members and parents. Data from the school climate surveys and other sources will be used in the calculation of School Climate Star Ratings for all Georgia public schools.
The Georgia Parent Survey contains 24 questions related to Teaching and Learning, School Safety, Interpersonal Relationships, Institutional Environment and Parent Involvement. Your input is very important. Your responses are strictly anonymous and you will not be asked to identify yourself at any time during the survey. You may complete the survey using your personal computer or smartphone.
Si usted prefiere tomar la encuesta en Español, puede seleccionar el vínculo de Español al início de la pagina.
The link for the survey can be found in their IC inbox or personal email if that is listed in IC.
Thank you, in advance, for participating in the Georgia Parent Survey.
TCHS hosted an information session on Cyberbullying. It was presented by Mr. Jonathan Judy, Chief Technology and Information Officer. To view the presentation, simply click on the link below.
Below are files from each department with helpful links for you to use at home.
Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment