From Sean Raymond, Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean
York’s mission is to inspire and prepare a diverse community of creative, independent thinkers. For over 55 years, we have been making good on that promise. Our academic program thrives because our school is committed to our mission as well as a culture of continuous improvement. A vital piece in our process of continuous improvement is parental feedback.
Highlights: In the recent parent survey, several results pertaining to York’s academic program and teachers were salient. First of all, 100% of respondents agreed York teachers are outstanding. Secondly, 97% of respondents think the quality of the York academic experience is exceptional or good. This is a strong vote of confidence. And it is affirming. The survey results indicate our academic program is both the top attribute for selecting York and York’s top attribute.
Meanwhile, survey results also name outstanding faculty and school community as top three attributes. That is wonderful feedback because, as a convergence of research suggests, positive relationships with teachers and within a safe, nurturing school community contribute greatly to academic success. At York, our teachers and our community foster the transformative success of our academic program. As one respondent wrote, I would tell my neighbor, York is “a combination of top-notch academics and a supporting environment unmatched by any school in the area.”
Comments: You spoke, and we are listening. 1. More consistency in teacher use of Haiku, our learning management system, is requested. 2. More communication from the school regarding student progress in addition to quarterly comments and grades is desired.
Our plan: York adopted Haiku to extend teacher/student communication beyond classroom walls and in support of intellectual engagement, college and work readiness, and academic collaboration. Haiku is also a tool families increasingly rely upon to stay connected to student learning. Therefore, some faculty are currently prototyping use of Haiku’s online grades and comments for communication of student progress. Moreover, we are considering other communication tools, such as digital rubrics and portfolios, to provide more communication of student progress.
We are confident your requests will be met. And, as we invite you to test with us new tools for communicating student growth and learning, we hope you will continue to provide even more feedback.