Schools get high marks in community survey


A large percentage of the Kyrene community gives the Kyrene School District high grades, according to a recent telephone survey conducted among 605 residents throughout Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler.

The survey was conducted in June to measure perceptions of the Kyrene School District, the quality of education in Kyrene schools and preferences regarding communications with community members and parents.

Below are some of the highlights from the survey:

A total of 89 percent of residents gave Kyrene schools a grade of A or B. This percentage increases to 91 percent among current parents.

Approximately four in five district residents (82 percent) believe that the Kyrene School District compares favorably to other districts in Arizona. This percentage increases to 90 percent among current parents.

A total of 85 percent of residents say they would recommend Kyrene schools to friends and neighbors.

The two strongest attributes of the Kyrene School District in the minds of respondents its teachers and staff and the overall quality of Kyrene’s curriculum and programs.

The primary sources of information for community members are word-of-mouth and the local newspaper.
For parents, the primary sources are word-of-mouth and school publications.

Feedback from the survey will be used in conjunction with Kyrene’s upcoming communications audit and focus groups to develop new communications plans and public engagement strategies.