Healthy Youth Survey

Every two years our 6th-, 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade students participate in the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey. Our schools will be conducting the survey during one class period the week of Oct. 10-21. The survey is sponsored by the Department of Health, the Family Policy Council and other state agencies. The survey is anonymous and students may chose to opt out. A copy of the survey questions is available for parents to preview in the school office. Brochures were mailed to all families with detailed information about the survey.

How does Northshore use this information?
The district uses this information to plan programs designed to support our youth in schools and the community and to reduce risks. The district Nutrition and Fitness advisory uses the feedback to plan and measure changes in behavior related to food choices and activity. Our Safe and Drug Free Schools grants require us to survey students and use best practice programs. Many of our schools use the survey as a planning and measurement tool for their School Improvement Plan.

What is the Healthy Youth Survey?
The survey asks questions that are related to students' increased risk of injury, health outcomes and alcohol and drug use. Survey results are used by schools, communities and the state and local health departments to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous.

What questions are on the survey?
Survey questions come from several well-established surveys that have taken place across the nation and in Washington. Parents or guardians can see a copy of survey questions in the school office.

Question topics include:

  • Background information (age, gender, grade, race/ethnicity)
  • Feelings about school and community
  • Relationships with parents, friends and neighbors
  • Nutrition, eating habits, physical activity
  • Health education
  • Knowledge, attitudes about, and use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs
  • Behavior related to safety and feelings about safety
  • Violence-related behavior

Who will be asked to take the survey?
Students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 across Washington state.

Is the survey voluntary?
Yes! Students can skip questions and stop taking the survey at any time. Students can also excuse themselves by telling their teacher that they do not want to take the survey.

Students not taking the survey will be provided with an alternative activity, such as reading or working in the library.

There is no penalty for not taking part in the survey. Your student's grades will not be affected.

How is student identity protected?
Students will not write their names anywhere on the survey and there are no codes or other information to match a survey to a particular student.

No one from the school will look at the survey answers. Students put completed surveys into an envelope that is sealed before it leaves the classroom.

Survey reports of results will not identify students.

Need more information?
If you have any questions about the purpose of the survey or survey procedures, please contact Department of Health, Kevin Beck, 1.877.HYS.7111, or email

Support for the survey is provided by Looking Glass Analytics. Additional information about the Healthy Youth Survey 2016 can be found at Opens a New Window. .

The Washington State Institutional Review Board has approved the procedures for conducting the Healthy Youth Survey. If you believe these procedures have not been followed, please call 1.800.583.8488. You do not have to leave your name. All messages will be returned.

Survey Results