Questions to Ask Schools.
What you can do for your student right now:
- How is your school performing with students that are similar to mine?
- What's the most important thing I can do to help my student be academically successful this year?
- What does your school offer that makes it different from other schools?
- How frequently should I expect to hear updates about how my student is doing?
- What opportunities do you offer students outside the classroom? (Are there sports, electives, clubs, after-school and before-school programs, competitions or field trips?)
- How do parents get involved in the school and in their student's class?
- How do parents keep track of their student's performance between progress reports and report cards?
- How do you measure student learning?
- How do you grade homework? What is the consequence if homework is incomplete? What assistance do you offer struggling students?
- Do you offer advanced classes for students?
- How does your school support students who have learning challenges or special needs?
- How do you teach students who speak limited English?
- How do you discipline students? How do you reward students who behave well? Support your student and the school.
Other resources to engage with.
- If your student’s school is performing great,
- Support your student & the school.
- Participate in school-based activities to improve your student's learning.
- Help other parents and students by being an active and engaged member of your community.
- If your student’s school is performing poorly,
- Ask questions to learn more about why.
- Attend parent-teacher meetings.
- Advocate for major changes at your school.
- Select a different school that meets the needs of your student.
- If you’re not sure how your student's school is performing,
- Search your student's school here.