2021 OCPS High School - Youth Risk Behavior Survey Summary

The 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was completed by 1,441 students in 22 public high schools in Orange County during the fall of 2021. The school response rate was 100%, the student response rate was 70%, and the overall response rate was 70%. The results are representative of all students in grades 9-12.

The weighted demographic characteristics of the sample are as follows:
Gender %
Female 49.8%
Male 50.2%
Grade Level %
9th 26.1%
10th 26.4%
11th 24.3%
12th 23.1%
Other 0.2%
Race %
Asian (Non-Hispanic) 4.0%
Black (Non-Hispanic) 24.4%
Hispanic/Latino 42.7%
White (Non-Hispanic) 25.2%
All other races 1.0%
Multiple races 2.6%

Students completed a self-administered, anonymous, 92-item questionnaire. Survey procedures were designed to protect the privacy of students by allowing for anonymous and voluntary participation. Local parental permission procedures were followed before survey administration.

The YRBS is one component of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with representatives from state and local departments of education and health, other federal agencies, and the national education and health organizations.

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System was designed to focus the nation on behaviors among youth related to the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among both youth and adults and to assess how these risk behaviors change over time. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System measures behaviors that fall into six categories:

  1. Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence;

  2. Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection;

  3. Alcohol and other drug use;

  4. Tobacco use;

  5. Unhealthy dietary behaviors; and

  6. Inadequate physical activity.

The YRBS also measures asthma and self-reported height and weight to allow calculation of body mass index for assessment of overweight and obesity. More information about the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System can be obtained from