Improve student well-being with data

At Authentic Connections, we aspire to maximize student well-being and resilience through data and insights.

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The Well-Being Index

The Well-being Index (WBI) is a single score, derived from a 10-minute student survey, that provides a snapshot into school well-being.

High Achieving Schools Survey

The High Achieving Schools Survey (HASS) is a comprehensive measurement of school well-being that allows our team to provide the top 2-3 recommendations for improvement.

Top Areas to Prioritize

Faculty Well-Being Survey

The Faculty Well-Being Survey (FWBS) illuminates levels of stress and positive well-being among adults at school, as well as factors that are most strongly linked with healthy outcomes.


Well-Being Index

  • Survey Length: 10 minutes
  • Areas Assessed: Top indicators of student well-being (Depression, Anxiety, Rule-Breaking (cheating, stealing), Substance Use, School Climate)
  • Time to Results: 2 weeks
  • Deliverables: Well-Being Index Report
    • Comparisons with similar schools
    • Filtering by demographic variables
    • Overall score of student well-being
    • Composite scores for student well-being

High Achieving Schools Survey

  • Survey Length: 45 minutes
  • Areas Assessed: Indicators of student well-being (from the Well-Being Index), modifiable aspects of student life, including areas of parent relationships, peer relationships, and school climate dimensions
  • Time to Results: 8 weeks
  • Deliverables: High Achieving Schools Survey Report
    • Comparisons with similar schools
    • An analysis of the top 3, unique risk and protective factors for School Climate, Parent Relationships, and Peer Relationships
    • Intervention recommendations based on findings
The High Achieving Schools Survey has been approved for use with Drug Free Communities (DFC) grants
Example Dashboard
Faculty Wellbeing Survey

Faculty Well-Being Survey

  • Survey Length: 20 minutes
  • Areas Assessed: Overall faculty well-being (burnout, anxiety, and depression) and predictors of faculty mental health including school climate, pressure, and alienation
  • Time to Results: 8 weeks
  • Deliverables: Faculty Well-Being Report
    • Interactive dashboards to review faculty well-being measures
    • Comparisons with similar schools
    • A focused list of top priorities to improve faculty well-being
    • Intervention recommendations based on findings

Features of our Surveys and Reports


Based in 30 years of peer-reviewed scientific research by our team.


Continually refined to include culture-specific items that are related to distress and substance use.


Focus on aspects of student life that can be modified to foster well-being.


Enable stakeholders to interact with and filter the data to identify at-risk groups.


Choose a package that will best meet your school's needs



Well-Being Index

Gives schools what they need to start improving student well-being

  • Well-Being Index Report

The first administration for any school is free.

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Ideal for schools looking for guidance and a facilitated discussion to drive next steps.

  • High Achieving Schools Survey Report
  • 1-hour teleconference presentation and discussion



Premium Consultation

Our holistic approach for schools seeking to unite their community to drive change with a campus visit from Dr. Luthar.

  • High Achieving Schools Survey Report
  • On-campus visit from Dr. Luthar with a customizable discussion series
Get in touch about adding the faculty survey to any of our packages.

Case Study

After collecting data at Wilton High School in November 2017, Dr. Luthar visited the school during the Spring of 2018 to report Authentic Connections’ findings and recommendations. Dr. Luthar brought the community together to discuss results —with multiple discussions with parents, faculty and administrators, and students— and worked with the stakeholders to design appropriate interventions.

Based on analyses of modifiable aspects of school climate, the Authentic Connections team determined that the Wilton community should prioritize the top four items, which were associated with symptoms:

  • Intolerance of bullying
  • Alienation from teachers
  • Students’ belief that there is an adult at school who cares about them
  • Parent / Community involvement

What Schools and Partners are Saying

Lars Kuelling

Lars Kuelling, Academic Dean
The Harley School

AC’s sophisticated data-based approach yielded specific directions that we were able to use to make targeted changes to our programming for enhancing our students’ well being. We are delighted about this ongoing collaboration with AC!

Quinton Walker

Quinton Walker
University School of Nashville

This was our second attempt at collecting student data. The other group we worked with left us wondering, ‘what direction do we head in?’ The Authentic Connections work gave us the direction to know which way we were going. We knew what to look at and what would have an impact on our students.

Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson, President
Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)

When I speak with school heads across the country, student mental health is the number one issue that comes up again and again. Many schools really appreciate the roadmap that AC is providing to help give them direction.