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Student Census: Grade 4 to 6 Survey Questions

Limestone Learning Foundation

What follows is the See Yourself in Limestone Student Census for students in Grades 4 to 6.

Welcome to the Limestone Student Census for Grades 4 to 6!  We want to know more about you so that we can support your learning and well-being. The answers you provide will help us serve you and other students better in Limestone.

Before you start the survey, there are some important things you should know: 

  1. The survey takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. 
  2. Take your time to answer each question. There are no right or wrong answers. 
  3. The survey is confidential. Your responses will never single out or identify you or your family. 
  4. The survey is voluntary. If you do not feel comfortable answering a question, skip the question and move on to the next one. 
  5. There are two questions that appear long because they allow for many answers. This is so we can be as inclusive as possible to participants. 

Thank you for your participation!

To start, we would like to ask some questions about YOU...

What is the first language(s) you learned to speak as a child? You may pick from the 83 languages provided. You may enter a language not included on the list, or indicate that you are not sure. 

Does you identify as First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit?

  • No
  • Yes, First Nations
  • Yes, Métis
  • Yes, Inuit
  • Band or Nation not listed above (please type in the box below):
Please tell us the nation, territory, region, or community to which you belong if you would like:

Ethnic groups have a common identity, heritage, ancestry, or historical past. These groups often share similar culture, language and/or religion. What is your cultural background(s) or ethnic origin(s)? You may pick from the 242 options provided. You may enter a group not included on the list, or indicate that you are not sure. 

In our society, people are often described by their race or racial background. For example, some people are considered “White” or “Black” or “East/Southeast Asian”, etc. Which race category best describes you?  You may pick more than one.

  • Black (examples may include African, Afro-Caribbean, African-Canadian descent)
  • East Asian (examples may include Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese descent)
  • Indigenous (examples may include First Nations, Métis, Inuit descent)
  • Latino/Latina/Latinx (examples may include Latin American, Hispanic descent)
  • Middle Eastern (examples may include Arab, Persian, West Asian descent, e.g. Afghan, Egyptian, Iranian, Lebanese, Turkish, Kurdish etc.)
  • South Asian (examples may include South Asian descent, e.g. East Indian (India), Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Indo-Caribbean, etc.)
  • Southeast Asian (examples may include Filipino, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian descent)
  • White (examples may include European descent)
  • If not listed above, please type in the box below:

People practice many different religions. What is your religion, faith, creed, and/or spiritual affiliation? You may pick more than one.

  • Agnostic (a person who thinks it is impossible to know if any God or Gods exist.)
  • Atheist (a person who does not believe in any God or Gods.)
  • Ba'hai
  • Buddhist
  • Christian (example: Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, etc.)
  • Hindu
  • Indigenous Spirituality
  • Jain
  • Jewish
  • Muslim
  • Sikh
  • Wiccan
  • Spiritual, but not religious
  • No religious or spiritual affiliation
  • Religion(s) or spiritual affiliation(s) not listed above (please type in the box below)
  • Not sure
  • I do not understand this question

Gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense or feeling of being a girl or woman, a boy or man, both, neither or anywhere on the gender spectrum.  What is your gender identity? You may pick more than one.

  • Girl/woman
  • Boy/man
  • Non-Binary
  • Gender Fluid
  • Two-Spirit (An Indigenous person whose gender identity, spiritual identity, or sexual orientation includes masculine, feminine, or non-binary spirits)
  • Gender identity or identities not listed above (please type in the box below)
  • Not sure
  • I do not understand this question

People who are transgender have a gender identity that is different from the one they were assigned at birth. Are you transgender?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure
  • I do not understand the question

A person’s appearance, style, dress, or the way they walk, or talk may affect how people describe them. How do you think other people at school would describe you?

  • Very feminine
  • Feminine
  • Somewhat feminine
  • Equally feminine and masculine
  • Somewhat masculine
  • Masculine
  • Very masculine
  • I do not understand the question

Were you born in Canada?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure

You may pick more than one. Are you currently:

  • a Canadian citizen
  • an international student (enrolled through a study permit)
  • a landed immigrant/permanent resident
  • a newcomer or refugee
  • not sure
  • I do not understand this question

How long have you been in Canada?

  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 months to one year
  • 1-2 years
  • 2-5 years
  • more than 5 years
  • Not sure

Is your parent or guardian an active member of the Canadian Armed Forces/Military (examples may include Army, Navy, Air Force)?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Not sure

How many of your parents or guardians are active members of the Canadian Armed Forces/Military?

  • One parent or guardian
  • More than one parent or guardian

Next, we would like to ask some questions about your experience at school...

In a regular school year (when it's not COVID-19), do you usually take part in these extra-curricular school activities? Answers are yes or no.

  • Arts (examples may include school play/musical, art club).
  • Music (examples may include band, choir).
  • School clubs (examples may include chess, environment, Rainbow, faith-based)
  • Sports (examples may include track and field, sports teams)
  • School special events (examples may include dances, concerts).
  • School field trips

At this school, I am encouraged to think or learn about human rights/social justice issues related to: Answers are yes or no or not sure.

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Gender identity
  • Race, ethnicity or cultural background
  • Poverty (not having enough money for basic things such as food and a home)
  • People with disabilities

 How do you feel about your school? Use the sliding scale (happy to sad face)

  • I feel like this school is a welcoming place.
  • I feel like I belong at my school.
  • I get along well with other students at my school.
  • I feel that school rules are applied to me in a fair way.
  • I feel accepted by students at my school.
  • I am treated with respect at my school.
  • I feel like differences among all people are respected at this school.

Do you ever feel unwelcome or uncomfortable at your school because of any of the following? You may pick more than one.

  • A disability that they have
  • Their family's level of income
  • Their gender expression
  • Their gender identity
  • Their grades or marks
  • Their hobbies, activities, and/or interests
  • Their language
  • Their race, cultural background, or skin colour
  • Their religion or faith
  • The way they dress
  • The way they look
  • They feel welcome and comfortable at their school.

At my school, I see myself/my identity reflected positively in: Answers are yes, no or not sure.

  • Pictures or posters in the school
  • Displays of student work
  • Materials teachers use in class (examples may include books and videos)
  • Themes they study in class
  • Extra-curricular activities (examples may include sports, arts activities, clubs)
  • Special events and celebrations
  • School websites and calendars

Please check if you agree or disagree with the following statements: Answers are yes, no or not sure.

  • There is at least one adult at my school who cares about me.
  • There is at least one adult at my school who expects me to do well.
  • In general, adults at my school treat me the same or better than they treat other students.

Lastly, we would like to ask some questions about your experience outside of school...

In your home do you have: You may pick more than one.

  • A room of your own
  • Internet
  • A subscription to a streaming service (examples may include Netflix, Crave TV, Disney +)
  • A guest room
  • A musical instrument
  • Air conditioning

How many of the following are in your home: Answers are none, one, two, or three or more.

  • Cell phones
  • Televisions
  • Computers/Tablets
  • Cars
  • Rooms with a bath or shower

At any point during a regular year and including summer (when it's not COVID-19), do you usually take part in any of these activities (not a part of school)? Please think about your life outside of school when answering the following questions. Answers are yes or no.

  • Arts (examples may include painting classes, theatre productions, dance classes).
  • Music (examples may include choir, piano lessons).
  • Individual sports or team sports (examples may include swimming lessons, karate, basketball, gymnastics, hockey).
  • Youth programs or clubs (examples may include Robotics, Brownie/Guides, 4-H Club, library groups).
  • Cultural group, faith/religious activities (examples may include children's groups).
  • Spending time with friends.


The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.