Supporting success in school

If school is important to you, it will be important to your child. If your child feels good about his or her schoolwork, the chances for your child to succeed in school increase.

Your involvement in your child's education is also one of the best investments you can make. Research shows that when parents get involved, their children:

  1. Are better behaved and have more positive attitudes.
  2. Are more likely to pursue higher education.
  3. Earn better grades and test scores.
  4. Graduate from high school at higher rates.

Some parents have the time to become involved in many ways. Others may only have the time for one or two activities. Your involvement might be as simple as asking your children, "What was the most interesting thing you found out today?" or "What did you learn today that you would like to know more about?" By asking something about their day, each and every day, you will be communicating the message that their school life is important to you and that you expect them to learn. If you become involved and stay involved, you will make a big difference.

Homework and study skills
Get concrete ideas about how you can help your children develop good study skills and be successful with their homework assignments.

Becoming involved in your children's education can be reading with your children regularly, taking time to listen to your children reflect on their day, or encouraging their efforts to learn. It is also important to:

If you have time, you can also support school in other ways:

Middle school involvement and student success

In Oregon, middle school usually starts in grade six and goes through grade eight. A few districts have junior high schools which may start in grade seven and go through grade eight or nine. In middle school, routines, schoolwork, the campus, teachers, friends and fellow students are typically all new. With peer pressure and academic demands, this different world can be overwhelming.

Middle school students are experiencing physical, emotional, and mental changes as well. Their emotions and motivation levels may fluctuate. They may need more space and independence to discover new interests and build skills and knowledge. However, they also need continued support and guidance from their parents.

How can I help my children transition to middle school?

You can help your children make this transition by:

How can I stay involved in school?

Many of the supports you provided in elementary school will continue into middle school at a slightly reduced level. You will need to give your children more independence in their early teens, but it is still important for you to remain involved and interested in their activities.

Remember your child's next transition is to high school. Make sure that your child is aware of the classes and programs he or she will need to take in middle school to prepare for high school and beyond.