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Student Demographic Survey

This fall, Edmonton Public Schools is taking steps to better understand the diversity of the students we serve.

By learning more about students, we can better understand the school experience and inform further actions that can be taken to support student success.

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Why the survey is important

Edmonton Public Schools is committed to anti-racism and equity. Student responses to the survey will help inform our actions to make school a welcoming and safe place for all students.  

The results of this survey will help us:

  • better understand how to honour and respect students’ identities
  • identify and reduce barriers that impact groups of students
  • inform action to help all students feel safe, have a sense of belonging and experience success.

About the survey

In the 2022-2023 school year, Edmonton Public Schools is doing a student demographic survey for the first time. Participating students in Grades 4 to 12 will have the opportunity to share more information about their identity with the Division.

The questions on the survey will address the following:

  • Indigenous identity
  • racial identity
  • ethnicity
  • religion or spiritual affiliation
  • gender identity
  • sexual orientation (Grades 7 to 12 only)

Completing the survey

First, students will receive an orientation to the survey prior to the day of participating in the survey. The survey will be completed digitally during class time. Each school will decide when to conduct the survey between November 1 and December 16. School staff will be available to assist with student privacy and provide support to students who may need it.

All survey questions are voluntary, which means students will only respond to the questions they feel comfortable answering.

Parents may decide that they do not wish for their child to participate in the orientation or the survey. Parents will communicate this to their child’s school through a phone call, an in-person conversation or in writing.

Letter from the Superintendent

The Superintendent sent the following letter about the survey to all families with students in Grades 4 to 12.

Sharing what we learn

We will share an overview of initial Division level findings with the public. This information will not identify individual schools or students.

How we got here

Edmonton Public Schools consulted with stakeholders as part of our pathway to become an anti-racist organization.

We recruited parents, staff and community members to form the Division’s first Equity Advisory Committee. The committee emphasized the need for more information about student demographics and identity as a starting place for change.

We also invited students, staff, families and community members to share their experiences with racism in a series of listening circles. 

Last fall, the Division released an Anti-racism and equity action plan. One of the three priorities is to build a better understanding of the students we serve.

We are committed to listening, learning and working with students, staff, families and communities so that schools are welcoming, caring, respectful and safe places for everyone.

More information

Parents should contact their school principal for more information about the survey at their school. Contact us for general questions about the survey.