PARENT INVOLVEMENT POLICY
School Parent Involvement Policy
Ranchito Elementary School recognizes the importance of having parents deeply involved in all aspects of the school in order to raise student achievement. Ranchito has jointly developed with, and distributed to, parents of Title I children a written parental involvement policy, agreed on by such parents, that describes the means for carrying out the Title I requirements. Parents are notified of the policy in a uniform format and to the extent possible, in a language they can understand. Such policy shall be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.
- An annual meeting is convened for all parents of participating children, at a convenient time, to inform them of the policy, their rights under Title I, and how they can be involved in the planning, review, and improvement of Title I programs in the school.
- The Title I program enhances the entire educational program to meet the needs of the students at risk. Supplemental academic support to help students meet the Common Core Standards is provided to students based on their academic need.
- Meeting times are flexible to encourage broad parent involvement. Parents are encouraged to participate in ELAC; SSC; PAT; and Coffee with the Principal.
- Parents are involved in the planning, review and improvement of the school single plan, Parent Involvement, School-Parent Compact, Attendance Plan and Discipline Policies.
- Parents are provided timely information about curriculum, assessments, and expected proficiency levels for student achievement.
Shared Responsibilities for High Student Academic Achievement
Ranchito has jointly developed with parents a School-Parent Compact that describes the school’s, students’, and parents’ responsibilities to improve student academic achievement, and the means by which Ranchito and parents will build and develop a partnership to help students achieve the State’s Common Core standards.
- High quality curriculum and instruction, integrating technology, will be provided in a supportive and effective learning environment through small group instruction, peer tutoring, and after school intervention.
- Parents will provide a high quality learning environment at home including, monitoring of the child’s attendance, homework completion, limiting screen time, providing positive use of extracurricular time, and facilitate the use of Scoot Pad.
- Parents are encouraged to participate in school activities and observe in their child’s classroom.
- Open House is planned for parents to visit classrooms and celebrate their child’s success.
- Parent-teacher conferences are held twice each year with 100% participation. Parents are provided with information about their child’s test results and expected proficiency levels for student achievement. In addition, teachers are available for parent concerns.
- Parents are invited to attend monthly attendance, citizenship and academic awards assemblies.
- Parent trainings are offered throughout the year to support parents with: dental hygiene; health insurance; parenting; GED; use of technology, and health and nutrition.
- A monthly calendar and newsletter are sent home in English and Spanish.
- A volunteer luncheon is held annually to recognize the efforts of school volunteers. Parents are also given opportunities to participate in their child’s class and observe classroom activities.
Building Capacity for Involvement
Ranchito provides many opportunities for parents to improve their literacy skills and learn how to help their child’s learning in school and at home. All trainings and resources are available to the extent possible in an understandable format and a language parents can understand. Ranchito provides assistance to parents in helping them understand content standards, student academic achievement, various academic assessments, use of technology for intervention support, and how to monitor their child’s progress at school.
Provided materials and trainings to improve student achievement include:
- GED classes.
- Preschool parent trainings.
- Parent education workshops provided by the parent center (mental and physical health, nutrition, standards, technology etc.)
- Academic training in literacy and Common Core standards.
- Coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs with Northridge Hospital, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health, Friends of the Family, Pacoima Beautiful, Mission College, Dental Smiles, Dignity Health, Vision to Learn, Healthy Kids, Neighborhood Legal Service, El Proyecto del Barrio, New Parent and other programs that support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.
- Parent designed activities and or workshops to support parental involvement.
Ranchito provides full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required in a format and to the extent applicable, in a language parents understand:
- Telephone calls to parents in their home language.
- All written communication sent in English and Spanish.
- Interpreters available for all parent meetings and conferences.
- Adult ESL classes offered on campus