Student Census: Grade 7 to 12 Survey Questions

Limestone Learning Foundation

What follows is the See Yourself in Limestone Student Census for students in Grades 7 to 12.

Welcome to the Limestone Student Census for Grades 7 to 12!  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 your student(s) 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) your student learned to speak? 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 your student 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 student's 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

Sexual orientation refers to a person’s sense of sexual attraction to the people of the same or different gender. What is your sexual orientation? Select all that apply.

  • Asexual 
  • Bisexual 
  • Gay 
  • Lesbian 
  • Pansexual 
  • Queer 
  • Questioning 
  • Straight/Heterosexual 
  • Two-Spirit 
  • Not sure 
  • I do not understand this 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

Do you have any of the following challenges that impact your well-being? Select all that apply.

  • Alcohol misuse 
  • Anxiety (when persistent and intense feelings of worry disrupt your engagement in classroom activities, learning potential, performance, and social relationships) 
  • Attention and Hyperactivity/ Impulsivity (ADD or ADHD) 
  • Cannabis misuse 
  • Eating and Weight-related Problems 
  • Mood (Depression or Bipolar disorder) 
  • Other substance misuse (Cigarettes/e-cigarettes and vaping tobacco, high-caffeine energy drinks, opioids, inhalants, anabolic steroids, and/or misuse of any medication) 
  • Problem gambling 
  • Technology misuse (Social media, Gaming, etc.) 
  • None of the above 

Some people identify as having a disability because of a permanent or long-term health condition that makes it difficult for them to function in an environment that is not fully inclusive and accessible. A person’s disability may be diagnosed or not diagnosed. It may be hidden or visible. Some students who have disabilities may have a Medical Plan of Care and/or an Individual Education Plan to ensure that their learning and/or health needs are supported, but some do not.  Do you consider yourself to be a person with a disability or disabilities?

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

Do you have any of the following conditions? Please select all that apply.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Blind or low vision 
  • Chronic health condition (examples may include epilepsy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis) 
  • Chronic Pain (examples may include constant aches or discomfort caused by illness, injury or condition) 
  • Deaf or hard of hearing 
  • Developmental disability or disabilities (examples may include down syndrome, general delay) 
  • Dexterity (examples may include difficulty using hands/fingers to grab/hold small objects such as pencils or scissors) 
  • Learning disability or disabilities (examples may include ADD, ADHD, dyslexia) 
  • Mobility 
  • Speech or Language impairment (examples may include difficulty speaking and/or being understood) 
  • Any disability or disabilities not listed above (please type in the box below): 
  • None. I do not have any of the conditions listed above. 

Please consider all of your parents and/or guardians when answering the following: Answers are yes or no.

  • I have one or more parent and/or guardian that has completed high school.
  • I have one or more parent and/or guardian that has completed an apprenticeship program.
  • I have one or more parent and/or guardian that has completed a college program. 
  •  I have one or more parent and/or guardian that has completed a university program. 


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...

How do you feel about your school?
 Answers are disagree, neither agree nor disagree or agree.

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

At this school, I am encouraged to think or learn about human rights/social justice issues related to: Answers are disagree, neither agree nor disagree or agree

  • Indigenous peoples
  • Gender identity
  • Race, ethnicity or cultural background
  • Sexual orientation
  • Poverty
  • People with disabilities

In a typical school year (outside of 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

Do you ever feel unwelcome or uncomfortable at your school because of any of the following? Select all that apply.

  • A disability that I have 
  • My family's level of income 
  • My gender expression 
  • My gender identity 
  • My grades or marks 
  • My hobbies, activities, and/or interests 
  • My language 
  • My race, cultural background, or skin colour 
  • My religion or faith 
  • My sexual orientation 
  • The way I dress 
  • The way I look 
  • I feel welcome and comfortable at my 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)
  • Topics we study in class
  • Extra-curricular activities (examples may include sports, arts activities, clubs)
  • Special events and celebrations
  • School publications (examples may include yearbooks, newspapers, school calendar, websites) 

At my school, I have opportunities to: Answers are yes, no or not sure

  • Express my cultural identity.
  • Learn about my cultural/racial background.
  • Learn about myself as a learner.
  • Learn about different life situations (examples may include people living in poverty, people with disabilities).
Please check if you agree or disagree with the following statements: Answers are disagree, neither agree nor disagree or agree
  • 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.

Prior to COVID-19, what were the main reasons that made you late or absent from school? Select as many that apply or skip this question if none apply.

  • Academic pressure (for example, course is too challenging, too many assignments to manage) 
  • Don't like school 
  • Extracurricular school activities 
  • Family reasons 
  • Fear of being bullied 
  • Not getting along with adults at school 
  • Not getting along with other students 
  • School is not important 
  • Sickness or medical reasons 
  • Too tired 
  • Transportation late or not available 
  • Unhappy and/or anxious 
  • Weather 

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

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

In your home, do you have: Select all that apply.

  • 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

Have you considered yourself to be homeless in the last twelve months (for example, living in shelters, living in cars or abandoned buildings, couch surfing)? Answers are yes or no.

At any point during a regular year outside of COVID-19 (including summer), do you 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).
  • Volunteer activities.
  • Spending time with friends.
  • Part-time job (paid).

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