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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Our surveys assess mental health and modifiable aspects of personal and comunity life that can be targeted to improve well-being.

Survey and Analyses Benefits

Customized List of Top Priorities

We provide each school with a custom list of recommended focus areas to help them identify and prioritize interventions and next steps.
Prioritize top focus areas
Demographic Breakdowns

Demographic Breakdowns

Our dashboard capabilites enable schools to quickly identify at-risk demographic groups of people who are struggling and those who are doing particularly well. Schools can add additional demographic breakdown variables for added flexibility.

Benchmark Capabilities

Rigorous benchmarking provides context and helps schools understand how they fare on indices of well-being relative to other schools.
Free-Response Analyses

Actionable Findings

Distilled insights from responses to open-ended questions on concerns, areas in which the school is doing well, and potential areas for improvement provide leaders with clear, actionable next steps.

Scientifically Validated Survey Instruments

Our surveys are grounded in years of peer reviewed scientific research, allowing us to identify symptoms (e.g., depression) and their potential drivers (e.g., being bullied at school) with precision.
Scientifically Validated Surveys
Expert Services

Expert Services

Ongoing advisory services from expert, leading psychologists help foster continued dialogue and improvement.


Survey offerings are designed to easily translate between all learning environments (in-person, distance, hybrid)

Short Student Survey

Student Resilience Survey (SRS)

The Student Resilience Survey is a 15-minute, targeted survey that assesses summary indicators of well-being and modifiable aspects of student life.

  • Mental health: Anxiety, depression, substance use, etc.
  • Modifiable aspects of student life most relevant to learning environment: learning efficacy, summary indicators of important relationships
  • Free-responses from all participating students, distilled into summarized, prioritized themes

Long Student Survey

High Achieving Schools Survey

The High Achieving Schools Survey is a 30-45-minute survey that comprehensively assesses all facets of student life.

  • All areas assessed from SRS, including all mental health constructs
  • Multiple dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Deep-dive into modifiable aspects of student life, including parent relationships, peer relationships, and school climate
  • Free-responses from all participating students, distilled into summarized, prioritized themes

Faculty Survey

Faculty Resilience Survey

The Faculty Resilience Survey mirrors our student surveys, assessing mental health and the top risk and protective factors associated with mental health.

  • Mental health: Burnout, stress
  • Multiple dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Modifiable aspects of faculty life most relevant to teaching climate: workload, expectations, connectedness with colleagues
  • Free-responses from all participating adults, distilled into summarized, prioritized themes

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.