About the Independent
School Health Check
The Independent School Health Check was developed in 2006 by Peter Wells and Rosemary Baggish. The survey design was overseen by Michael Stevens, Ph.D., Director of Child and Adolescent Research at Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT. After a year of focus group input from independent school administrators, counselors, and pilot testing the survey was first offered in 2008. The survey and data handling protocols have been approved by the Institutional Review Board of Hartford Hospital.
The ISHC is a project of Mental Health in Independent School Communities, a service provided by BMW Consulting, LLC. Please contact us for more information and to arrange an online preview of the survey. We will provide you wth the link to the survey, and you can scroll through the complete survey. This will help you decide if the data collected in the survey fits the needs of your unique school community.
What is the Independent
School Health Check?
A 45-minute, 100 +/- question survey for middle and/or upper school students.
Answered anonymously by students on school and/or personal computers.
A comprehensive look at student behavior and attitudes—
about risk and protective factors.
Aggregate results are available within 48 hours; full reports within two weeks.
A school can compare its students to the ISHC National Database of 55,000+ independent school students, as well as to state and national results acquired by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Analysis can break down results by grade and gender, or compare subgroups.
- Academic achievement and motivation
- Attitudes about school, teachers, parents
- Parental oversight and support
- Academic pressure
- Academic honesty
- Use of out-of-school time
- Internet use and misuse
- Alcohol and substance use
- Social life
- Sexual activity
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- Help Seeking Behaviors
- And many other topics relevant to independent schools
Rosemary C. Baggish M.Ed., MPH
Developed and directed therapeutic school programs for over two decades at Yale Psychiatric Institute and The Institute of Living. Rosemary has consulted nationally to schools, colleges and hospitals regarding model programming for children and adolescents with mental health needs. She is the founder and Director of MHISC and author of When the Bough Breaks: How to Really Be There for your Children, a communication guide for parents.
Peter H. Wells, Ph.D.
A senior consultant with MHISC with primary responsibilities for the ISHC. Prior to MHISC, he had forty-two years of independent school administrative experience at Hopkins School as a teacher, department head, upper school head, dean of students, director of admissions and college counselor. In 1980-81, a Klingenstein Fellowship facilitated his becoming a certified school psychologist at Hopkins.