Every two years, the Illinois Department of Human Services conducts the Illinois Youth Survey (IYS). It is administered by schools to students in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades.
The results of the 2016 IYS show that a significant majority of Roosevelt 8th grade students report that they avoid high-risk behaviors such as drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes or using other drugs. At the same time, students indicated high rates of parent and other adult caring and support, as well as feeling connected to and meaningfully involved in their school. Research shows that these are strong protective factors that contribute to preventing alcohol and other drug use by young people