Stakeholder surveys give valuable insight into the experience of individuals and groups in your school community. NAIS offers a variety of surveys you can customize to suit your school’s characteristics and areas of focus. Using these instruments provides several advantages over building your own surveys:
The most effective boards take time every year to assess their performance in an effort to hone their leadership ability and better serve their schools. With this confidential survey, trustees can assess their personal effectiveness, the board’s performance as a whole, and how these affect the board’s strategic ability, fiduciary responsibilities, and partnership with the head of school.
The Board Self-Assessment Survey is divided into two parts. Part I addresses how well the board performs in relation to NAIS’s Principles of Good Practice for Trustees, while Part II assesses individual trustee performance and identifies focus areas for the coming year.
It is best practice for boards to evaluate the head of school on an annual basis. This confidential survey lets board members evaluate the overall effectiveness of the head of school in meeting his or her annual goals, and in performance of day-to-day work such as program management, fund raising, and board-head relations.
The Head of School Assessment Survey is divided into three parts. Part I addresses how well the head performs in relation to NAIS’s Principles of Good Practice for Trustees, Part II assesses the head's performance in meeting individual goals, and Part III identifies priorities for the coming year — a good way to get a head start in goal setting.
Do you know how pleased your parents are with your school's services or what attracted them in the first place? This survey provides valuable information on parents' satisfaction with your school's academics, services, communications, school climate, expenditures, and admission and selection process. In addition, this survey comes in elementary only and elementary through high school versions.
The Parent Survey is divided into various sections, each requesting information on parents' satisfaction with various aspects of the school's academic program and services, and the criteria they used in selecting your school. This survey is available for K-12 schools and K-8 schools.
Never has it been more important for schools to collect hard data on what they deliver. From academic preparation to community service work, this valuable tool will give you the facts on the many ways your school has contributed to your alumni's success.
The College-Age Alumni Survey is divided into eight sections, including educational and vocational plans, preparation for and selection of college, the overall college experience, and communication with the alum's independent school. An alumnae version of this survey is also available.
Would you like to know what your students are up to after they graduate from college? This survey asks your alumni where they are in their lives and careers and how the education at your school contributed to their long-term success.
This survey is designed to help you improve retention and pinpoint what your employees like and dislike about working at your school. It covers several categories, such as compensation and benefits to leadership to professional development.