What can parents do to support their child?
- Review and assist with homework.
- Celebrate your child’s successes.
- Learn more about the curriculum.
- Participate in conferences/meetings.
- Ask about school tutoring programs.
- Check grades on the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
What do I do if I believe my child is struggling?
Make an appointment to speak with your child's teacher. Have an open discussion with the teacher about the academic/behavior problem. Ask questions such as:
- Do you think my child is struggling in class?
- What specific area(s) is he/she having difficulty?
- What can I do to help him/her in class?
- How does his/her progress compare to the progress of other students in class?
- What academic/behavior plan can the teacher and parent put in place for my child to be successful?
- Is my child on track for promotion?
- May I review my child's transcript?
- Are the courses in which my child enrolled preparing him/her for career/college readiness?
- What's my child's GPA?
- Is my child on track for graduation?
- Should my child attend summer school or add classes for virtual public school?
- Is there a tutoring program?
- What are some other school resources to assist my child?
What if I suspect my child has learning problems?
- Collect information about your child’s academic and behavior performance.
- Request a teacher conference.
- Share concerns with his/her teacher.
- Identify student’s strengths and weaknesses with the teacher.
- Ask the teacher to share information about differentiation instruction.
- Ask the teacher to share information about core instruction and/or interventions being implemented.
- Ask the teacher to provide monitoring reports on student success.
- Ask the teacher about involving the school counselor.
- Ask the teacher and/or school counselor about other school specialists.
- Parent should request a parent, school counselor, teacher conference.
- Ask the teacher and/or school counselor to share information to determine if additional academic/behavior support is needed.
Drop Out Prevention
Typical Reasons Why Students Drop Out
- Academic Failure
- Lack of Connection with the school
- Financial Difficulties
- Dislike school
- Lack of interest in school
- Outside influences
- Disciplinary Issues
- Lack of Educational support
- Ensure your child attends school every day.
- Review your child’s grades in school: interim reports and report cards.
- Meet with your child’s teachers.
- Set up an academic plan for your child.
- Meet with your child’s counselor, social worker, nurse, and/or SAP counselor.
- Encourage your child to be involved in positive school and/or community activities.
- Notify the school if you have financial difficulty so that they may link you to community services.
- Require your child to read every night.
- Let your child know that you value education as important to his/her future.
- Set aside time every day for homework, even if your child doesn’t have any.
- Limit the amount of time your child watches television and plays video games to no more than one or two hours each day.
- Help your child use problem-solving skills in difficult situations at home and at school.
- Praise good behavior.