Getting involved at your child’s school can increase his or her chances of success and lead to a better academic experience
Students whose parents get involved at their schools are proven to have more positive educational outcomes than those whose parents do not. Parental engagement helps make sure students attend school regularly, complete their homework more consistently, have higher grades and test scores, adapt better, develop better social skills, and are more likely to graduate and go on to college or other post-secondary education.
The good news is, more parents are engaging with their children’s schools than ever before. But it is not always easy to know the best ways to take part. Here are four ways to get involved and have a positive impact on your child’s education.
1. Volunteer at school
Parents of American Heritage Schools students can be very busy, and we understand that. However, there are ways you can make a difference that may not mean a large time commitment.
- Attend school board meetings
- Become a classroom helper
- Mentor or tutor other students
- Chaperone a field trip or event
- Help plan a school event
- Volunteer with a school club or group
- Assist coaches or gym teachers with equipment and/or on game days
- Help prepare grant proposals, letter-writing campaigns or press releases
- Volunteer in the library
- Help sew costumes or build sets for school productions
- Work with the school band or coach music one-on-one
- Help with arts and crafts projects
- Hold or sponsor a workshop about career programs
- Speak to a classroom about your field of expertise
- Supervise or judge a school competition such as science fair or art show
There are many ways to help, and we advise parents to be realistic about their commitments. Start with one or two events to see how that fits into your schedule.
2. Be a human resource
Engaging with your child’s school is not necessarily about how many hours you spend. It can be even more beneficial to find ways to use your knowledge, skills, and connections to the advantage of other students.
In other words, apply the skills that have helped you succeed in your career and life to the service of the school.
“If you’re a graphic designer, help out with a school flyer,” recommends Scholastic. “A florist could donate or offer discounted flowers for the graduation ceremony.”
3. Get involved in the PTA
PTA organizations do many great things to enhance the school experience for every student. If you want some say in how the institution operates or how events are planned, this is your opportunity.
Joining the PTA is also a great way to learn more about the inner workings of your child’s school. You might come to a better understanding of the reasons behind school policies and upcoming projects and events. You will certainly learn more about your child’s day-to-day activities.
4. Encourage other parents to get involved
The old saying goes, “many hands make for light work.” Schools need all parents to be involved. Encourage other parents to attend school events or volunteer themselves. Help resolve disputes or disagreements and do your best not to escalate situations. Communicate openly and honestly when you have a concern, but do so in a respectful manner with the goal of finding a satisfactory resolution to a problem.
Get involved at American Heritage Schools
Becoming involved at your child’s school is one way to show you care about his or her educational journey. You can also be a resource for the dedicated teachers and administrators who work so hard to educate all our students. If you would like to learn more about ways you can volunteer at American Heritage Schools, we will be happy to put you in touch with the right people.
American Heritage Schools is a leader in private education, academic excellence, and innovation. With two 40 acre campuses, one in Broward County and the other in Palm Beach County, Florida, we serve 4,600 students grades Pre-K 3 through 12. American Heritage Schools was recently named the #1 Private School for academic success with the highest number of National Merit Scholars of all private schools in the nation. For over 55 years, our mission of knowledge, integrity, and compassion through developing the full potential of each child to be an active, intelligent, creative, and contributing member of society. Contact an admissions director for more information or sign up for a campus tour.