Ensuring that students feel safe, that they find school relevant and meaningful, and that they know the adults in facilities care about them, are critical aspects of creating schools that ‘work’ for students in the juvenile justice system. We understand the importance of soliciting student input, listening to their concerns and ideas, and meaningfully responding to what they share. In the spring of 2013, we developed a pilot school climate survey instrument. In 2014 we conducted focus groups with students (in juvenile justice facilities) from around the county to validate the survey instrument. More than 5,000 students from over fifteen juvenile justice agencies took the survey in June 2015 and then again in June 2016.