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Student Demographic Survey

In fall 2022, Edmonton Public Schools took an important step towards better understanding the diversity of the students we serve by inviting Grades 4 to 12 students to participate in a demographic survey. 

Learn more about the survey in the videos below, presented in English with captioning in:

  • العربية (Arabic)

  • Soomaali (Somali)
  • 中文(简体)(Simplified Chinese)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • فارسی (Farsi)

  • Kiswahili (Swahili)
  • Français (French)
  • Tagalog
  • हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • ትግሪኛ (Tigrinya)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Afaan Oromoo (Oromo)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (Punjabi)

We are grateful to all parents and students for their consideration of this survey. We thank those who took the survey and respect the choice of those who did not.

Survey results

The results of the survey will help us better understand the diversity of students we serve. Learn more about what students told us by reading the Student Demographic Survey Report and watching a video message from Superintendent Darrel Roberston and former Board Chair Trisha Estabrooks.

The findings of the survey will inform how the Division:

  • honours and respects students’ diverse identities.
  • takes action in our ongoing efforts to provide learning environments that are:
    • safe
    • caring
    • welcoming
    • respectful
    • inclusive
    • a place where all students can be themselves and experience success.

The Student Demographic Survey is one step on our path to address racism and take action towards reconciliation and equity.

About the survey

Participating students in Grades 4 to 12 had the opportunity to share more information about their identity with the Division.

The questions on the survey addressed the following:

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

Students completed the survey between November 1 and December 16, 2022.

Participation in the survey was voluntary. Parents who did not want their child to participate were able to opt their child out.

Survey questions

Student privacy

As good stewards of information, Edmonton Public Schools follows the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) and best practices to collect, store and protect student information and data.

The information students have shared with the Division is being held on a secure central server. This information is only accessed by a small number of Division staff who are responsible for data management and privacy.

All survey findings are reported at the Division level. Individual students or schools are not identified in the report. 

Letters from the Superintendent

On June 7, 2023, the Superintendent shared the following letter about the initial survey results with families.

On October 24, 2022, the Superintendent shared the following letter about the survey with families.

What Happens Next

We will use the Student Demographic Survey Report to inform further analysis, along with Division information related to academic outcomes, sense of belonging and safety. As we move forward, we are committed to working with students to gain further perspectives and insights to help us better understand this data.

Through this work, our intent is to take actions in our ongoing efforts to provide learning environments that are safe, caring, welcoming, respectful, and inclusive—where all students can be themselves and experience success.

More information

Learn more about our anti-racism and equity work.