OurSchool Parent Survey

The Superior-Greenstone District School Board will be participating in an online school survey for parents/ guardians/caregivers called the OurSCHOOL Parent Survey.  The survey will be open from May 30 - June 17, 2022.  The OurSchool Parent Survey captures parents' perceptions about areas of school climate that are critical to student success.  The survey is based on Dr. Joyce Epstein's framework for fostering positive relationships between schools and their community and the extensive research highlighting the benefits of parental involvement in their child's learning and their school's governance and activities.  The survey provides valuable insight into the following areas:

  • Parents feel welcome at school
  • Parents feel well-informed
  • Parents support learning at home
  • Parents participate in school governance and activities
  • Parental perspectives on homework
  • School supports positive student behaviours
  • School supports learning effectively
  • School environment is safe and inclusive


Effective school planning involves giving the entire school community a chance to be heard.  Parents' feedback and perceptions about their child's educational environment can provide valuable insights into a school's learning successes and challenges.  We invite parents/guardians/caregivers to complete the survey using the log in information provided by their child's School Principal.  Please help achieve a better understanding of how you feel the school supports learning, positive behaviour and promotes a safe and inclusive environment.


The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting.  The survey is anonymous, easy-to-use and is available online in 23 languages.  For more information about the OurSCHOOL Parent Survey, please visit The Learning Bar Inc.’s website: www.thelearningbar.com.  Also, if you have questions or would like to request more information about the implementation of the OurSCHOOL Parent Survey at your child's school, please contact the School Principal.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do parents access the survey?

  • Parents can access the survey through the unique link that will be provided to them by the School.  


Should parents take the survey more than once if they have more than one child?

  • In houses with multiple children, we recommend that parents complete the survey with only one child in mind.  However, if they feel the school experiences of their children differ, they are welcome to complete one survey for each child. 


Should both parents take the survey?

  • Only one parent should complete the survey for each child, unless they feel very strongly that their view points are different.  In the case of separated parents we encourage both parents to complete the survey if they have different perspectives.  


What is the research behind the Parent Survey?

  • The OurSCHOOL Parent Survey is a comprehensive survey that is based on Joyce Epstein’s framework for fostering positive relations between the school and the community and captures parents’ perceptions of children’s experiences at home and school. The survey measures these topics as well as the extent to which parents feel the school supports learning and positive behavior and whether the school promotes a safe and inclusive environment.


Is the survey available in other languages?

  • We want to ensure all parents and guardians are given equal opportunity to have a voice in their school community. Our parent survey is available in 23 languages:

    Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, Farsi, French, Greek, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai. Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Vietnamese.


Is the OurSchool survey accessible?

  • The Learning Bar  strives to promote inclusively by making their products, such as the OurSchool Survey, accessible to all.  They have included a 'text-to-speech' functionality into the survey so that any parent/guardian/caregiver can choose to hear questions spoken aloud as they complete their survey.  


Can I complete the survey online using my mobile device?

  • The OurSCHOOL Student Survey can be accessed through any web enabled application. Common browsers and web apps such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Chrome are supported.  

    The survey has adaptive display functionality, allowing the survey to be completed using smart phones, tablets or other Internet-enabled mobile devices. We recommend using a screen 4 inches or bigger.

    Screen readers may not function when the survey is taken on mobile devices. However, please note that we do recommend using the following combinations of browser + screen reader when taking the OurSCHOOL survey:

    - Firefox with NVDA
    - Chrome with Jaws®
    - Chrome with Voiceover [Mac]