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:

High school involvement and student success

High school students cope with many pressures. In addition to academics, high school students struggle with personal identity, fitting into a social group, and peer pressure. They are also concerned with dating, driving, and planning for life after high school.

You can help your children navigate these challenging years by being prepared. There are many educational options in high school. With preparation, you and your children can create a plan that fits their needs, learning styles, and post-high school goals.

How can I help my teenagers transition to high school?

You can help your teens make this transition by:

How can I support my child in high school?

Your teenagers continue to need guidance and support from you as they go through high school. You can: