According to Joyce Epstein, “Parents and teachers share responsibility for the education and development of their children.” We subscribe to this philosophy by encouraging our team members, including families, to work together to ensure all students exit our schools with the core knowledge and technological skills necessary for students to succeed in a global society.
All of our team members (with parents’ involvement being paramount) firmly impart the belief to our students, some who have not met with academic success in the past, that all children can and will learn. Active participation in our Parent-Partner Involvement Program is required of each family with one of our enrolled children. Parents, and/or other significant adults in the child’s life, are required to partner with the school for twenty (20) hours an academic year. Details are outlined to parent-partners at the Parent/Student Orientation Meetings held in August. Standard practices such as school newsletters, web sites, and parent/teacher conferences and parent organizations (e.g. PTA and Parent University) are utilized as well to develop partnerships with community organizations that benefit families such as: housing, human services, health services and employment agencies, Wayne State University, Lawrence Technological University, Madonna University, Mary Grove College, Oakland Community College, Wayne County Community College, and local libraries.
Parents play an innovative and key role in the use of their child’s academic assessment growth data to support academic activities at home as an extension of activities in the classroom. Parents are briefed by our schools on how to read and interpret data, understanding how academic goals, targets and metrics play a direct role in supporting their child’s academic growth over time.