Idyllwild Arts Academy is administering the National Association of Independent School’s Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) to our community on October 19, 2020. This page is designed to familiarize you with and answer your questions about the online survey.

The Aim Climate survey will be distributed to every member of the Idyllwild Arts community:
AIM Climate Survey – all students 9-12 and post graduate, alumni, parents, Board of Directors, Associates and all employees.

The purpose of the AIM survey is to assess the climate at our school. Responses to the survey are strictly confidential and anonymous and will be combined with the responses of others affiliated with the school. No one will see individual responses and there is no way that responses or personal characteristics can be determined. The survey should take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Survey questions will explore your views and personal experiences with the school in the areas of:

  • Being respected and empowered;
  • Feeling safe and comfortable;
  • Being supported and affirmed;
  • Belonging; and
  • Having contributions valued.

The AIM Survey will be available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Korean

Below we have gathered some resources that you may find helpful to review before completing the survey. Whether you choose to do so or not, you should be able to easily complete the survey with only the information that is available when you open the link.

Thank you for taking the time to offer our school this important feedback!

Fast Facts About AIM

  • The survey will be open to all constituencies from October 19, 2020 to November 2, 2020
  • The survey is available online only.
  • The survey should take between15-20 minutes. The initial questions on all the surveys are the same, and after the respondent answers those questions they will receive specific questions based on their constituent group (e.g., associate, administrator, staff, parent, faculty, alumni, student).
  • The survey will be available in English, Spanish, French, simplified Chinese, and Korean. Links to all of these surveys will be distributed and available once the survey is open. You will not have to request a specific language.
  • If you do not complete the survey in one sitting you will be sent a link to go back to your unique survey. You will be able to get a link to the survey if you cannot complete it in school.
  • You will get frequent reminders about completing the survey regardless of whether you have or not. Since the survey is confidential, there’s no way for the school to know that you have completed it.
  • Idyllwild Arts Academy will never see individual survey results; all information is compiled by the NAIS.
  • Idyllwild Arts Academy will receive comments from respondents after these are compiled by the NAIS.
  • The survey will be open for about two weeks and results will be received by Idyllwild Arts Academy from the NAIS within two to three weeks after that.
  • Idyllwild Arts Academy will report to the community on the results of the survey and next steps before the end of this school year.
  • We believe it is important that all voices are heard when it comes to the climate of our community; we hope that you will complete the survey and encourage others to do so.

The AIM Steering Committee has been reviewing this survey for more than a year. They are responsible for the logistics around administration of the survey as well as communication about the survey. Please feel free to reach out to any of them with any questions you may have about the AIM.

  • Monique Riedel – AIM Survey Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator, NHS and Dorm Parent 
  • Marianne Kent-Stoll – Head of School 
  • Jennifer Chassman – Director of Innovative Curriculum and Instruction
  • Heather Companiott – Director of Summer Art Programs
  • Chris Stroud – Director of Dining Services
  • Kristine Carl – Parent 
  • Joaquin Eaton-Sharon – Student, Prefect
  • Carys Sporte – Student 

Here are sample questions from the AIM Climate Survey that will be administered to all constituent groups.

Required questions for all:

Constituent group* (choose one)

  • Student
  • Associate
  • Administrator
  • Faculty/Teacher
  • Staff
  • Parent/Guardian
  • Alumni

Years as a student, employed by, or associated with the school (required)

Age

Gender Identity

Race/Ethnicity

Below is a list of content questions required for all constituents
(five-point scale of strong agreement to strong disagreement; option to enter don’t know)

  • Both boys and girls have an equal opportunity for success.
  • The school takes action to create a diverse enrollment.
  • An atmosphere of inclusiveness exists in this school.
  • Physical Education at this school provide an opportunity for all students to feel included. 
  • In my opinion, diversity in the faculty, administration, and student body is important to excellence in the education provided by the school.

Required questions for students:

  • It is easy for people like me to be accepted here.
  • Throughout the year, my school provides various opportunities to learn about and appreciate different cultures and ways of life.
  • How often have you heard other students tell jokes, tease, or make fun of other students at school (never, rarely, occasionally, usually, almost always, don’t know) because:
    a. of their appearance
    b. of what they can or can’t do well
    c. of their background or culture
    d. of the way they speak or write
    e. of their religious beliefs
    f. they are a girl or a boy
    g. they are gay or lesbian or they are questioning if they are
    h. others think they are gay or lesbian
    i. of the financial situation of other families
    j. of their lack of athletic ability
  • I feel comfortable speaking up about my religious beliefs here.
  • I seldom get called upon to represent or speak for my religion, race, ethnicity, or culture.

Required questions for administrators/faculty/staff:

  Faculty members use resources and take advantage of professional development opportunities needed to help them create and provide multicultural learning experiences for students.

  The school is making consistent progress in building an inclusive school community.

  Older people who work at my school get the same respect as younger people.

  It is not easier for men who work at my school to get selected for career-enhancing opportunities than it is for women who work at my school.

  As part of our regular agenda, we set aside time in our meetings to discuss our progress on multicultural goals and initiatives.

Required questions for families:

  I have been informed about the school’s mission, policies, and/or programs with regard to diversity and multiculturalism.

  Incorporating multiculturalism into all aspects of the school’s educational and social programs is essential to my child/children’s education.

  This school maintains the same academic standards for all students.

  The school is making consistent progress in building an inclusive school community.

  Our family feels respected regardless of our socioeconomic status or class.

Required questions for alumni:

  The school prepared me to take an active role in addressing issues of inequity in our society.

  The school has made substantial progress on diversity and multicultural issues since my graduation.

  • How much do you agree or disagree that the school is addressing certain aspects of diversity such as:
    a. gender
    b. race/ethnicity
    c. ability/disability
    d. religion
    e. sexual orientation
    f. age
  • g. socio-economic status
  • I will/would send my child/children to this school.

Required questions for Associates:

  • The school’s mission statement regarding diversity and multiculturalism is measurable.
  • The school’s annual budget adequately supports diversity and multicultural initiatives.
  • The board holds the administration of the school accountable for diversity and multicultural initiatives.
  • How much do you agree or disagree that the school is addressing certain aspects of diversity such as:
    a. gender
    b. race/ethnicity
    c. ability/disability
    d. religion
    e. sexual orientation
    f. age
    g. socio-economic status
  • As part of our regular agenda, we set aside time in our meetings to discuss our progress on diversity and multicultural goals and initiatives.

In order to accurately assess how different groups may view the climate of our school, as part of the AIM survey, all participants must identify themselves as belonging to a racial group. Below are the categories, which the NAIS has provided and which align with the 2010 U.S. Census. Please note that in accordance with the census, people of Hispanic/Latino/Spanish origin are asked an additional question.

Are you of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish Origin?

  Yes, Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano

  Yes, Puerto Rican

  Yes, Cuban

  Yes, another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish Origin (e.g. Colombian, Dominican, Spaniard, etc.)

What is your race? (Select the one that most closely applies)

  American Indian, Native American or Alaska Native

  Asian Indian (as per the census this category is designed to distinguish this group from American Indian, and includes people of also commonly known as being of South Asian decent such as individuals or their descents from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal)

  Black, African American

  Black (other nationality)

  Chinese

  Korean

  Multiracial (this category would include people who consider themselves to be biracial)

  Other Asian (e.g., Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese etc.)

  Pacific Islander (encompassing the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific islands)

  White, Caucasian, European American

  Other race not specified above

If a respondent answers other race not specified above, a drop down box allowing for more details will appear.

In order to accurately assess how different groups may view the climate of our school, as part of the AIM survey, all participants must answer mandatory questions on how long they have been associated with Idyllwild Arts, age range, their countries of citizenship and their gender identity. 

How many years have you actively been a student at, associated with, or employed by the school?

 1 – 3 years

 4 – 6 years

 7 – 9 years

 10 – 15 years

 16 or more years

What is your age (in years)?

 12 -14

 15 – 18

 19 -23

 24 – 39

 40 – 58

 59 and over

What is your gender identity?

 Male

 Female

 Other gender not specified above (this is a text box)

International Status: Do you hold citizenship in one or more countries outside of the US?

 Yes

 No

(If answered as a yes, a text box will be generated to enter country.)

Are you a US Citizen?

 Yes

 No

This link: https://www.nais.org/analyze/assessment-of-inclusivity-and-multiculturalism/aim-survey-definitions/ gives definitions of words that will be used in the AIM survey. This link is embedded in the instructions that you will receive with the survey. It is not necessary to read these definitions prior to taking the survey, but familiarizing yourself with them will allow you to complete it more quickly.

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