COVID-19 & Education

Most High Schoolers Expect to Head Back to School in the Fall

Spring fever is taking on a new profile in a time of pandemic stay-at-home orders. High schoolers are now feeling much more enthusiastic about the prospect of returning to school in the fall. In a survey by education technology company Quizlet, 69 percent of high school students said they were "more excited" to go back to school for 2020-2021 than they felt at this time last year. Just 22 percent said they felt the same; and 10 percent said they were less excited.

Most High Schoolers Expect to Head Back to School in the Fall

The company produces flashcards, games and other tools to keep students engaged in their learning.

The survey, which queried 2,750 people, also found that the majority of high schoolers (75 percent) were "certain" that they'd be attending in-person classes next fall.

When they were asked what their biggest worries were for the new school year, academics reigned. Forty-four percent said being successful in their classes was the biggest concern. Another 26 percent said health concerns dominated. And 13 percent mentioned finances.

What are these students most looking forward to? According to the company, the biggest response was, "Getting to see my friends on campus again."

The full write-up of the survey is available on the Quizlet website.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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