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Parent & Family Engagement

Parent & Family Engagement


High Point Academy will develop a written Title I parental involvement policy with input from the Title I team. This policy will be distributed to parents at the beginning of every school year. The policy describes the means for carrying out the following Title I parental involvement requirements:  [Section 1118 (a) (2)].
 
Involvement of Parents in the Title I Program
 To involve parents in the Title I Program at High Point Academy; the following practices will be established:

  • The school will host an annual meeting to inform parents about Title I requirements and about the right of parents to be involved in the Title I Program.
  • The school will accommodate parents’ needs by offering meetings in the morning and evening.
  • The school will involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, planning, reviewing, and improving the school’s Title I Program and the Title I parental involvement policy and the school-parent compact.
  • The school will provide the parents with timely information about the Title I Program/Services.
  • The school will provide parents with an explanation of the assessments used to measure student progress and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet. The school will provide opportunities for regular meetings that allow the parents to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
 
High Point Academy will distribute to parents a school-parent compact. The compact, which will be jointly developed with parents, outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. It will describe specific ways the school and families will partner to help children achieve the State’s high academic standards. It will address the following legally required items and other items suggested by parents and members of the Title I team.
 
  • The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction
  • The ways parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning
  • The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers through, at a minimum, annual parent-teacher conferences; frequent reports on student progress; access to staff; opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their child’s class and opportunities to observe classroom activities.
 
Building Capacity for Involvement
High Point Academy will engage parents in meaningful interactions with the school. It will support a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. To help reach these goals, the school will establish the following practices:
 
  • The school will provide parents with assistance in understanding the State’s academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children.
  • The school will provide materials, as needed, to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement.
  • High Point Academy will coordinate and integrate the Title I parental involvement program with other programs, and other activities, such as parent resource nights, activities to encourage and support parents in fully participating in the education of their children
  • The school will distribute information related to school and parent programs, meetings,
     and other activities to parents in a format and language that the parents understand.
 
Accessibility
High Point Academy will provide opportunities for the participation of all parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory students. Information and school reports are provided in a format and language that parents understand.
 
Parents’ Right to Know Requirement
 Any parent can request information about any teacher of their child. Under federal law, parents have the right to know:
 
  • whether a teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instructions;
  • whether a teacher is teaching under emergency or another provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  • the baccalaureate degree major of a teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
 
Parent Notification of Teacher’s Non-Highly Qualified Status
In addition to the information that parents may request, a school that receives Title I funds must provide each parent a timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned or taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified. The notice and information provided to parents must be in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, delivered in a language that the parents can understand. This applies to all teachers teaching core academic subjects in a Title I school, regardless of whether the school has a school-wide or targeted assistance program.
 
Teacher qualifications can be assessed here.