Parental Involvement Makes A World Of Difference

by NYC Firm Schools on August 11, 2011

You’ll find that no matter which New York City borough you are in and no matter what grades your children are in, parental involvement in their children’s education is part of the formula for success. That’s why many NYC Firm Schools do everything they can to encourage parental involvement.

So what exactly is “parental involvement?”

Every school has its own ways of getting parents involved. You’ll find that the “best” Firm Schools are those where parents are heavily involved in their child’s education and view parents as partners. That could mean anything from spending time in the classroom assisting the teacher, being a class parent, getting involved in fundraising, speaking at open houses, leading tours, or even attending athletics and other extracurricular activities.

Some schools do well in getting their parents involved through a Parents Association (PA). It is the private school equivalent to the PTO/PTS (Parent Teacher Organization/Association) in public schools.

The PA is often designed to be a liaison between parents and the teaching staff or school administration. The PA itself usually has a leadership team with multiple committees (e.g., annual fund/fundraising events, community services, parenting/bonding events, etc.) and works with all of the school’s parents to serve on various committees. Instead of having every parent approach the school faculty with their concerns, the PA representatives can take your joint concerns to the school and communicate them, then return with feedback. Plus, as a member of the PA, you get to spend time with other parents and get involved in the educational process in meaningful ways.

When you start looking for a private school in New York City for your children, be sure you understand the expectations that school has regarding parent involvement. We encourage you to look for one that has been successful at encouraging parental involvement and view parents as partners in their children’s education. In your parent interviews, ask about the opportunities that exist for your involvement. Think about the skills that you can bring and the time/resources that you can commit to the success of the school.

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