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FAMILY ENGAGEMENT POLICY

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Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Three decades of research show when schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school but throughout life. Global Scholars Academy believes learning can best take place when there is shared effort, interest, and commitment among students, parents, and staff. The goal of our Parent and Family Engagement Policy is to support, in a more consistent and effective manner, those things already in practice as well as generate new ways of strengthening the partnership between the school and home.

At Global Scholars Academy, the partnership between the school and home will be supported by:

  • Convening an annual meeting at the school to provide information to parents about the school goals and initiatives and programs calling for parent participation in the educational decision-making process;
  • Provide information to all parents of students in our Title I school regarding their right to know the qualifications of their children’s teachers, paraprofessionals;
  • Inviting parents to monthly Parent Empowerment Meetings where various topics are discussed regarding school policy, school instruction, and opportunities for parents to get involved;
  • Offering a flexible number of meetings, workshops, and quarterly parent conferences to assist parents in improving their children’s academic achievement and encouraging volunteering in the classroom and other school activities;
  • Providing opportunities for all parents to participate in school activities, including parents with disabilities and limited English proficiency, and all racial and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Involving parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely manner in the planning, execution, and evaluation of school programs;
  • Having all parties involved sign a Principal/Teacher/Parent/Student compact agreement stating how each will contribute to ensuring student achievement;
  • Assisting parents in understanding state academic requirements, the North Carolina Accountability Program, state and local assessments, and student performance standards;
  • Communicating clearly and frequently with parents about school policies, programs, and their children; and
  • Educating school personnel regarding the value of parent engagement and techniques for how to communicating with and strengthening the connection between the parent and the school.
  • The school will involve parents in the joint development of the Consolidated Application and the School Improvement Plan by meeting with parents to share school performance data and to set yearly goals.