Culture and Climate

California Healthy Kids Survey

Every two years, school districts in California are encouraged to participate in the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS).  The CHKS is a comprehensive youth health risk and resilience data collection service for school districts sponsored by the California Department of Education. The CHKS grew out of the California Department of Education’s commitment to promoting the academic success, well–being, and positive development of all youth.

The CHKS is given to 7th, 9th and 11th grade students and contains questions focusing on resiliency, protective factors, risk behaviors and school climate. Data from the California Healthy Kids Survey provides valuable information to guide efforts to reduce student health risk behaviors and build schools that are drug–free, safe, and supportive havens for healthy, positive youth development and achievement.  Please click on the links below to see the questions that will be asked at each specific grade level in the core and supplemental modules.   A copy can also be found at school sites.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Mariana Gomez, Program Manager of Equity, Culture and Support Services at or (619) 490-4933.

Core Modules, Supplemental Modules and Parent Permission Forms


Trauma-Informed Care
We are partnering with the California Center of Excellence for Trauma-Informed Care to offer professional development and a training series for Sweetwater staff.  By better understanding trauma and how trauma affects the brain, safety and behavior in children, schools can develop a range of tools to increase safety, address unsafe behaviors and promote connection to school staff. Additionally, the trainings will address the importance of self-care when working with populations exposed to trauma and will offer self-care resources.  Our goal in this partnership is to provide school staff with tools to make trauma-informed changes and measures to gauge impact.