About the SSP

The School Success Profile (SSP) is a comprehensive, self-report assessment tool for middle and high school students. The survey is based on a contextual perspective that suggests the social environment has a powerful effect on a child's development and success in school. This online assessment tool is the result of a collaborative partnership between the research team at UNC Chapel Hill and Communities in Schools, a school-based national dropout prevention program. For over 10 years, the SSP has been used by schools around the globe. Thanks to the support from the staff of Communities in Schools and many others in the field of education, the School Success Profile has been completed by tens of thousands of students. The questions that make up the survey are divided into 6 modules: About You, Neighborhood, School, Friends, Family, and Health and Well-Being. Our online assessment is comprised of 195 multiple choice questions that collect information about the individual student’s neighborhood, school, friends, and family systems as well as detailed data on behavior, school performance, physical health, and psychological well-being. Student participation is voluntary. However, they are encouraged to complete the survey. The assessment is offered in English only (with future plans for Spanish). Each question has an accompanying sound file which can be used if the participant is having trouble reading or understanding the questions and answer options.


This tool is an excellent resource for school teams looking for a more complete understanding of their students’ social and emotional environment. For schools that are facing a significant amount of truancy, troubling drop-out rates, a lack of parental involvement, or behavior problems within the school, the SSP can provide measurable data that can not only help isolate the cause of these problems but also suggest targets for intervention. For schools that are not experiencing these issues, the SSP can provide valuable information about specific assets within the school culture and individual students that may be leveraged to further the over-all growth of students and the organization.


When implemented in its entirety, the SSP online survey can help school administrators and staff to create a comprehensive profile of the social and emotional environment surrounding their programs and initiatives. The results of the SSP can be used by district offices, school personnel, support staff, students, families and interested community members to develop effective strategies for promoting student success and closing the achievement gap. School Success Online also offers a library of detailed information on best practices and intervention strategies to use in response to the data.


The SSP profiles and reports provide insight into how students perceive themselves and their environments and an understanding of the assets and risks for individuals and sub-groups of students. With the data in hand, school teams are empowered to confront specific challenges their students are facing in their homes, neighborhoods, and schools. This list includes a number of internal and external factors which studies have shown to directly impact a child’s performance in school settings. Some internal factors that can be identified with the SSP include autism, mental health issues such as, depression, anxiety, and ADHD as well as self-image problems that can result in anorexia and bulimia. Outside factors that are identified and measured with our online survey include tendencies toward drug and substance abuse, bullying, peer pressure, and violence in the child’s school and social settings.


This website offers a number of resources for clients who have used the online assessment tools and been provided with a username and password. Survey results are populated to the website instantaneously and administrators can view Individual Profiles, the Summary Group Profile, and the Detailed Group Report—all of which outline specific assets and risks. An Advanced Query tool allows the user to access the Summary Group Profile by any combination of demographic subgroups that are available in the survey (as self-reported by each student). These demographic groups include gender, grade, race/ethnicity, and language (English or Spanish).


To implement the assessment for your organization please visit the Purchase Services page of the website. From here you will be able to set up your free online account and proceed with your purchase of the assessment.


School Success Online Overview & Getting Started

SSP Administration

SSP Results to Practice

SSP Overview PDF


How does the SSP fit into RTI and other tiered response systems (e.g., PBIS) at your school? Click here for SSP.