• Why is Parent Involvement Important?

    School-wide Assistance Title 1 programs count on parent support.  Decades of research show that when parents are involved, students have:

    • higher grades, test scores, and graduation rate.
    • better school attendance
    • increased motivation, better self-esteem
    • lower rates of suspension
    • decreased use of drugs and alcohol
    • fewer instances of violent behavior

    You can become more involved by:

    • joining our PTSA
    • volunteering at our school
    • attending the Annual Title 1 Meeting, parent-teacher conferences, family nights, and other events
    • communicating with your child's teacher on a regular basis
    • keeping your child's teacher informed about events in your child's life which may affect his or her performance at school

    By becoming an active participant, you will:

    • serve as a role model, showing your child that you support his or her education
    • assure that you are aware of your child's progress, demonstrating to your child how important that progress is to you
    • teach your child that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support your school's efforts

    As part of the Title I parental involvement policy (Section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965), each school receiving Title I funds, develops a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share responsibility for improving student achievement. Also, each Title I school must jointly develop and distribute its own written parental involvement policy. This policy will specify that the school will:

    • convene an annual meeting to explain the Title 1 program
    • offer a flexible number of meetings
    • involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of Title 1 programs
    • provide timely information about the school curricula, assessment data, and student achievement