You Can Promote Your Student's Success in School

WHY should you actively promote your student’s success in school?

  • Studies show that students whose parents are positively involved in their education have higher levels of success in school and better grades.

    Parents who are involved in their student’s education, have greater opportunities to help them make positive choices and encourage greater levels of personal confidence.

WHAT can you do to promote your student’s success in school?

  • Talk to your student about their class assignments and ask them what they’ve learned. Explain your views and values about education and express them in a way that will help your student reflect his/her potential for success.

    Attend school conferences to find out about how your student is doing and keep the lines of communication open with their teachers and school staff. Contact the family partnership advocate to share your ideas.

HOW can you promote your student’s success in school?

  • Get information by connecting with other parents and school staff members that may help you find simple and helpful ways to keep your student motivated and supported for success.

WHEN should you promote your student’s success in school?

  • Start now. The sooner you know about the information, resources and people that are affecting your student’s chances for school success, the sooner you can contribute to that success.

WHERE should you promote your student’s success in school?

  • Start at home by having positive conversations with your student about your vision for his/her future success then connect to activities in his/her school and neighborhood.

Student-Focused Parent Support Plan

  • Please contact Trise Moore of the Family & Community Partnership Office at 253-945-2273 for support finding resources or answers connected to any of the questions below.

    Things I already know and can use now, to help my child succeed in school

    1. My long-term education goal for my child (e.g. high school diploma, college)-


    2. His/Her academic strengths, challenges, talents and interests-


    3. Questions that I ask my student or his/her teacher to make sure he/she understands class assignments


    4. Things I expect to do to help my student succeed and the types of things I can expect from the school-


    5. Leadership activities, contacts or resources that can help me promote my student’s success in school-


10 Simple Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in School

    1. Model A Love For Learning
      Show that you believe that education is important by reading at home, supporting your child at school activities such as open houses and parent/teacher conferences.

    2. Build Good Relationships
      Initiate a positive relationship with your child’s teacher and principal before conflicts occur. It’s better to take one day off work to create a good relationship than two days off repairing damage from a bad one.

    3. Know What He/She Likes About School
      Identify your child’s favorite subject and find a way to use that subject to encourage his/her interest in the other subjects.

    4. Give the Teacher Information
      Share information about your child’s favorite subject and special interests with his/her teacher.

    5. Encourage Participation
      Find out if your child is getting behind or needs more challenging work before problems occur. Some students can be more easily distracted or distract other students when they are not properly challenged.

    6. Listen To The Lesson
      Encourage your child to discuss school lessons with you everyday and ask questions like ‘what did you learn today?’ . Children are encouraged to learn when they believe that their parents are interested in what they know. If they don’t think you’re interested in what they learn in school they may not be either.

    7. Make It Fun
      Help your child associate learning with rewards and fun. Think of fun ways to help him/her see the value of getting a good education.

    8. Create A Learning Environment
      Identify the type of environment your child performs best in (lighting, location, time of day etc.) and create a spot in your home, whenever possible, that supports his/her preferred environment during homework time.

    9. Promote Great Expectations
      Give your child access to academically challenging information and supervised learning experiences. Increase the number of books available to your child and encourage your child to read daily. Research shows that the number of books and words a child has exposure to can positively influence and improve his/her experiences in school.

    10. Affirm & Support
      Remind your child that they do not have to be great at everything and encourage and praise them when they do their best.

    If you have questions or suggestions regarding any of these concepts or to share your own ideas please contact Trise Moore at 253-945-2273.