Commonwealth students are engaged in their classes
More than 85% of Commonwealth students report being “purposefully” or “fully” engaged in their school work, compared to 61% of students at small and medium non-public schools, and 39% of all 30,000 students surveyed.
Students at Commonwealth feel supported
On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being "strongly agree"), responses averaged 4.6 when asked about their teachers' care and support, more than half a point higher than the mean for small and medium non-public schools. Eighty-five percent of our students said they have an adult they can go to at school, 10% above the mean for the comparison group.
Students find homework at Commonwealth meaningful
Ninety-one percent answered that all or more than 75% of their homework was useful, compared with 54% of students in the comparison group. Eighty-six percent of our students said that none or only a few classes ever assigned busy work, while 87% said that the homework in many or all of their classes helped them learn the material, compared with 47% in small and medium non-public schools.
Students' levels of stress are below average
When asked, on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being "always"), about how often homework makes them feel stressed, keeps them from getting enough sleep, or keeps them from spending time with family and friends, our students averaged 3.3 or 3.5, between "sometimes" and "often." This number was below the average for the comparison group, which stood at 4.1 for stress, 4.0 for impacting sleep, and 3.8 for interference with family/social/activity time.
The words students most frequently offered when asked to describe Commonwealth were "challenging," "rigorous," "small," "welcoming," "academic," "fun," and "interesting."