California School Climate, Social-Emotional & Mental Health, and Learning Supports & Engagement Survey System

The CalSCHLS system was created by the California Department of Education (CDE) in 1997 to efficiently and cost-effectively provide school districts and their partner communities with quality local data which can be used to improve student academic performance and social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health of all youth. It assesses key indicators linked to success in school, career, and life. The majority of districts in California now use CalSCHLS data as Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) indicators.

CalSCHLS began with:

All three surveys were developed by WestEd with the help of Duerr Evaluation Resources and expert advisory committees of educators, researchers, and practitioners. The staff and parent surveys were added to address the needs of districts for data on school working conditions, parent involvement, and enable comparison of staff and parent perspectives to student self-reports.

Designed as a flexible data system that meets multiple needs, all three surveys can be customized by combining different modules and adding questions. It is an ideal tool for collecting data on local priorities as part of a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Although the primary purpose of the system is to provide district-level reports, most districts can request school-level data, including School Climate Report Cards.  

The CalSCHLS system:

  • enables similar schools and districts to compare their results;
  • provides aggregated county and statewide data to guide policies and programmatic efforts at these broader geographic levels, and serve as norms for comparison to local results; and
  • creates a dataset about California youth, schools, and parents in order to improve understanding of the factors affecting successful school and youth outcomes and how they vary across the state.

California Department of Education Whole Child Resources:  Whole Child resources that support schools in creating an environment where all students are safe, engaged, supported, challenged and healthy. Resources

SDUSD Cal-SCHLS

The CAL-SCHLS Sytem of surveys window in San Diego Unified is open February 3, 2020 through May 1, 2020.  Please refer to circular #209 for more detailed information regarding District implementation.   Site coordinator training will be offered prior to survey window opening, see flyer for dates, time, and location.  District staff can access the 2019-2020 toolbox filled with supportive documents for successful survey implementation by logging in with their sandi.net google account.

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) Content

The survey gathers information on developmental supports provided to youth; school connectedness and barriers to learning, as well as behaviors such as physical activity and nutritional habits; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; and school safety.  Parents wishing to view survey content may examine the questionnaire in the school office or by visiting https://calschls.org/survey-administration/downloads/#main.  San Diego Unified School District administer the CHKS annually to all 5th*, 7th, 9th, and 11th graders. *To 4th graders in the Point Loma Cluster.  The following modules will be administered during the 2019-2020 school year:  

  • Elementary: Core for 4th (point loma cluster elementary schools) & 5th Grade
  • Middle School: Gender & School Climate with MiniCore
  • High School: Gender & School Climate with MiniCore
  • Socio-Emotional Health: Crawford, Mira Mesa & Henry
  • BHC: Crawford, Health Sciences High, Hoover

Participation is survey is voluntary with 4th and 5th graders requiring active parent consent (English / Spanish) while 7th, 9th, and 11th graders have passive consent , unless parents select the Opt Out option on their students' registration form.

Survey Results

To access the San Diego Unified Cal-SCHLS Survey Results, please visit our SDUSD Research and Evaluation "My School" page.  For questions or further information related to the Cal-SCHLS survey results and/or annual implementation, please contact the Integrated Youth Services Division at (619) 725-7329 or email integratedyouthservices@sandi.net.