Parents are a child's first and most important teachers. The most successful students are those who have the involvement of their parents, and the support from their local community.The Rockwood African-American Parents (RAAP) meets regularly with Rockwood administrators to discuss ways to improve academic excellence for all children. The meetings are held at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis.
Did you know?Parents of high-achieving students set higher standards for their children’s educational activities. They are active participants in schools and education.Who: Most students at all levels—elementary, middle, and high school—want their families to take active roles in between home and school. When parents come to school regularly, it reinforces the view in the child’s mind that school and home are connected and that school is an integral part of the whole family’s life.When: The earlier in a child’s educational process parent involvement begins, the more powerful the effects. The most effective forms of involvement engage parents in working directly with their children on learning activities at home.Why: Decades of research show that when parents are involved, students have the following:
Family participation in education was twice as predictive of students’ academic success as family socioeconomic status. The more parents participate in schooling, in a sustained way, at every level -- in advocacy, decision-making and oversight roles, as fund-raisers and boosters, as volunteers, and as home teachers -- the better for student achievement.Families need to establish home environments that support children as students. With guidance and support, parents may become increasingly involved in home learning activities and find themselves with opportunities to teach, to be models for and to guide their children.
- Higher grades, test scores, and graduation rates
- Better school attendance and self-esteem
- Increased motivation
- Lower rates of suspension
- Decreased use of drugs and alcohol