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Culture and Climate explained

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What is a climate survey in schools?

A climate survey in schools is used to assess the current climate of a district. School climate means the school’s impact on relationships in the school community and any beliefs, teachings, learning, and structural features of the students, parents, and staff. So how is school climate measured? Via school climate surveys! These should assess school climate issues such as negative rapport and relationship skills among teaching staff.

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What is a school culture survey?

Similar to school climate surveys, school culture surveys aim to assess the culture of the school environment and everyone operating within it. School culture influences the atmosphere in a school and affects everything that goes on inside the learning environments for students and the work environments for staff. You measure school culture the same way you would climate - with surveys. A symptom of poor school culture is high truancy rates.

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Are culture and climate survey results published?

Results collected from these surveys should not be published publicly without consent. The best culture and climate surveys should also be anonymous to encourage complete honesty from respondents. However, collected data should be automatically published within the survey tool so that specified users can access the latest information whenever needed. A good school climate survey tool should also allow different dashboard views for staff.

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How can schools improve climate and culture?

Schools can help improve a positive school climate by distributing effective, frequent surveys to their community. Traditional methods and survey instruments used to collect school culture data include yearly surveys, where districts send paper questionnaires with long, often unnecessary questions to students, staff, and parents. These surveys do not collect up-to-date, actionable information. That is why the best surveys are distributed with online survey tools.

Our Climate solution

Our school culture and climate survey tool collects anonymous feedback from the whole school community - from staff to students, from parents to other caregivers. The modern alternative to outdated school climate survey tools, Satchel Pulse’s Climate Solution.

Frequent feedback, the easy way

Quick, online, and appropriate school climate surveys via Climate deliver insights throughout the year, not once a year.

Staff feedback

It’s crucial that educators and other school personnel speak up about issues in their school community before they escalate into more significant problems. Get to the root cause of teacher attrition before school personnel choose to leave. Find out what matters to all staff in your district and discover how they truly feel about their work, school environment, and relationships.

Student feedback

Reconnect the disconnected with a culture and climate survey tool that offers multiple survey formats to suit the developmental level of the respondent. Offer emoji-based surveys to your elementary school students, sliding scale visual analog surveys to your middle school students, and longer, in-depth questions to your high school students.

Parent feedback

Parents, families, and other caregivers are critical members of the school community, but often they feel uninvolved in their child’s education. Parent surveys get families included and engaged by encouraging feedback and mediating involvement. Don’t forget to ensure inclusive feedback by sending surveys in your respondents’ strongest languages with in-platform translations.

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How our school culture and climate survey tool works

Simple, inclusive surveys ensure high response rates, consistent participation, and honest feedback. Checking on district stakeholders and collecting culture and climate data regularly means you’re always in touch with your school community. Don’t waste time and resources acting on out-of-date data; opt for the modern solution to an age-old problem in education.

Strict methodology

Our school climate surveys are built on tried-and-tested research and question creation methods. They offer simple emoji-based scales for responses, so they are easily understandable by respondents of any age. Our survey questions, created from research from a range of sources in the US and UK, adhere to guidelines for staff, students, and parents surveys.

Improved response rates

Feedback can be given frequently through easy-to-use, online surveys that can be accessed on any device. Surveys that take 90 seconds or less to complete help incite school communities to complete them. Once respondents do, the collected data becomes immediately available. Get accurate insights at your fingertips using our Climate Solution.

Prevents survey fatigue

Users can complete surveys on a device of their choice through a simple, sliding scale interface that ensures participation rates remain high and disengagement low. Students, staff, and parents can get frustrated giving frequent feedback, reducing the quality of the results. Choose an engaging school culture and climate survey tool to re-engage your community.

Ensures respondent anonymity

Encourage open and honest feedback with a school climate survey tool that groups all survey responses and ensures respondents can’t be singled out. A student doesn’t feel they have a supportive learning environment? A high school teacher feels their classroom lacks safety? Understand what’s happening and how people feel in your district community.

Checks healthy result set

Using our school culture and climate pillars feature, check if your survey results are healthy at just a glance. The fuller the pillar, the higher the score responses in that area, and the higher the scores, the more positive the responses. Additionally, Satchel Pulse uses an intuitive color coded system so Climate Solution users can easily track the health of their school environment.

Benefits all stakeholders

School leaders benefit from school culture and climate surveys by feeling confident in the accuracy of the collected data and working to improve only the areas that need it. Students' families benefit because they are given the opportunity to become more involved in their child’s education. Students of all ages benefit from being surrounded by engaged, positive school community relationships.

Success stories

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Hickman Mills C-1 School District

Find out how Satchel Pulse improved the culture and climate to create a supportive learning environment for all.

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Dawson County School District

Find out how Satchel Pulse increased staff participation through a platform that already has the research-supported questions.

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Learn more about School Culture and Climate Surveys

We'll give you a demo of Pulse and show you what our school culture and climate surveys look like, how easy they are to complete and give you the background behind the questions they deliver.

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Riverside Community School District


We are utilizing the Satchel Pulse data to develop an entire Culture/Climate plan. It is such a great data source because we have trend data over the last few years of use. We would not be able to identify issues without this data. It has been a valuable tool and I would highly recommend it!

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North Pike SD

SEL Director

The integration of the Satchel Pulse Screener has been a smooth process. I would definitely recommend the program to a neighboring district that was beginning the initial process of implementing screeners.

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Hickman Mills

Associate Superintendent

With Satchel Pulse you get the ease of use and the exceptional customer service that I have repeatedly received over the years. The results platform that is used in our Climate and Culture software allows for easy interpretation and action development.

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Elementary School District 159


Great Tech support! Ease of Instrument for use for Staff and Students. Professional staff that handle questions and concerns, quickly!

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Central Community School District 301

School Psychologist

I would give Satchel Pulse a 10. The customer support has been great! The team is always very responsive to our needs.

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El Dorado School District

Behavior Support Specialist

My experience has been exceptional. Timely response to questions, great training, wonderful product!

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Gates County


After the first nine weeks of using Satchel Pulse, 88.1% of our students met their academic goals for the nine weeks, and the students are on track to meet the second nine weeks' goals.

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Franklin Local Schools

IT Support

By far, always the most responsive support I have ever had from any company!

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Niles Middle School

Assistant principal

Satchel Pulse delivers great data especially when you're trying to collect as much data as you can on a student to help with their academic success.

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Hillsboro School District

Elementary School Principal

Satchel Pulse is rooted in the gold standard of social emotional learning with CASEL.

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Havana 126


Support surpasses what I expected and is like no other program I’ve ever been involved with. Wonderful!

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Niles Middle School

Assistant principal

Teachers no longer need to find their own SEL resources and their own curriculum because it is all available in the Satchel Pulse library.

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Cranston Schools

School Social Worker

It has been a real pleasure working with all of you at Satchel Pulse. It's rare to experience the level of responsiveness and professionalism you've demonstrated, and it has been greatly appreciated.

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Bibb County School District


You are covering all my needs. You seem to know what is needed for all who participate.

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Bensenville School District


Satchel Pulse is great! It is helping with communication between staff and the higher ups!

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Hillsboro School District

Elementary School Principal

We love that Satchel Pulse easily and seamlessly analyzes the results for us.

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Raymore Peculiar School District


This is the easiest survey system I have ever used.

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Dawson County School District

Executive Director of Student Services

We like that we can gather feedback frequently in smaller intervals, this helps us keep a beat on perception throughout the year.

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Niles Middle School

Assistant principal

Satchel Pulse helps to meet students' SEL needs, and that's why we're in education - to make sure that our students are well taken care of.

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Limestone County School District


As a new superintendent in the district, Satchel Pulse has been a huge help and will continue being so. We all want feedback and want our employees to know they have a voice, Satchel Pulse has provided that for us.

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Hickman Mills C-1 School District

Associate Superintendent

Last year we had the least amount of resignations and retirements within the last five years.

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Mekoryuk School


Satchel Pulse gives an equal voice to every staff member, which they did not have before using this.

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Douglas County School System


Satchel Pulse is so intuitive and easy to use. Help is always available if we ever need it!

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Eek School


This is awesome. I can export the results from our student wellbeing survey with one click and compare results week on week.

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Nelson Island School


The survey took very little time and the interface was student friendly. The students especially liked using the sliding scale with the different faces instead of numbers or words, that made it easier for them.

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