NOTE:  This survey has been extended until Friday, March 4, 2016.  Parents, please help us with valuable feedback!


We have shared information about the 5Essentials Survey Hamilton County Schools are participating.  Tomorrow is the final day for parental surveys to be completed and the District must have 20% parental participation in order to have a report generated for the District.  Without the 20% parental participation, this will count against the District.

The 5Essentials Survey closes tomorrow, February 26, 2016. To take the survey please visit

Hamilton County School District will join the Florida Department of Education in the survey of school climate and learning conditions, a unique opportunity for students and teachers to have a voice in improving their schools. From now through February 26, students and teachers will be asked to take a 30-minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. A supplemental parent survey will also be available to parents of school-aged children.

The 5Essentials Organizing Schools for Improvement Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five “Essentials” critical for school success:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environment
  • Ambitious Instruction

The 5Essentials is an evidence-based system that reliably measures changes in a school organization. Based on over 20 years of research conducted by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, the 5Essentials Survey identifies schools’ strengths and weaknesses through student and teacher voice. Research has shown that schools strong on three or more of the 5Essentials were 10 times more likely to improve student test score growth and 30 times less likely to stagnate than similar schools that were weak on the Essentials.

Generated from a rigorous analysis of student and teacher survey responses, 5Essentials Reports demonstrate that what students and teachers say about their schools can serve as important indicators for school success.

Additionally, our district has chosen to provide the 5Essentials parent survey. If at least 20 percent of Hamilton County High School, Central Hamilton Elementary, North Hamilton Elementary, and South Hamilton Elementary parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated.
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
The 5Essentials Survey will be conducted through (February 26, 2016) Friday, March 4, 2016. To take the survey please visit

Principals, superintendents and other system leaders will receive their 5Essentials Reports in late April/early May 2016.