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Families' Responsibilities
to Their Schools

School success is a joint effort. Successful learning experiences begin at home. The more involved a parent is in his or her child’s learning, the more likely the child will succeed in school and in life. Success in school begins with parental involvement in the learning process. Clear expectations and support set the tone for learning, enhancing relationships between home and school. Every child should be encouraged to achieve learning goals and make the best grades possible.

School success is also measured by the child’s ability to get along with others. An important part of learning is communicating and cooperating with other children and adults to reach group and personal goals. Families share in the task of defining roles and responsibilities for their children both at home and in school.

From the time a child enters school, parents and teachers need to work together to develop academic, and social potential. The goal of families and schools working together is to nurture skills for developing lifelong learning. The foundation for school success is created in the home. It begins with parent-child relationships. Positive attitudes about school, learning, and life provide a framework for building, and sustaining excellence..

Family Responsibilities

1. Provide a loving and supportive home environment.

2. Practice active listening, hold conversations, and show that you are interested in what your child has to say.

3. Send your child to school prepared for the day with an adequate breakfast and a good night’s rest.

4. Keep the school informed of any changes in your child’s home life that might affect his/her progress in school.

5. Work with teachers, staff and other parents in a cooperative way.

6. Learn as much as possible about the school.

7. Provide parent leadership by taking part in parent groups.

8. Contribute your services in whatever way you can toward enrichment of the total school.

9. Offer constructive criticism, if necessary.

10. Become involved in school and community programs that help to improve the academic and social health of those involved.

Children nurtured in a shared learning environment arrive at school with the fundamental skills and attitudes that teachers equate with success.

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