Note: Each school receiving funds under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) must develop a written school-parent compact jointly with parents for all children participating in Title I, Part A activities, services, and programs. That compact is part of the school’s written parent involvement policy developed by the school and parents as required by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The compact must outline how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards.
Charter High School for Architecture + Design
School Parent Compact
The Charter High School for Architecture + Design, and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards. This school-parent compact is in effect during school year 2017/2018.
REQUIRED SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT PROVISIONS
School / Staff Responsibilities
BUILDING CAPACITY OF SCHOOL STAFF
The Charter High School for Architecture + Design will provide training to educate teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other school leaders, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school by:
• Reach out to parents to provide feedback regarding the best ways for schools to communicate with them
• Provide multiple opportunities for teachers and staff to meet with parents and establish relationships with them based upon their child’s academic needs.
The Charter High School for Architecture + Design will provide other reasonable support for parent and family engagement activities under Section 1116 as parents may request by:
• Provide multiple opportunities for parents/community/teacher/staff/student interaction with assemblies, advisement nights, Annual Title I meetings, Senior Meetings, Design Fair, Design Philly Reception, career events, and multiple other meetings to enhance educational relationships.
• Work to establish partnerships with community members and parents on how to best communicate and involve all stakeholders on focusing on educational outcomes of our students, especially in regards to literacy.
The Charter High School for Architecture + Design will:
1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:
• Assure every student access to quality learning experiences appropriate to their development.
• Assure that the school staff communicates clear expectations for performance to both students and parents.
• Provide a safe, positive and healthy learning environment for each student.
2. Hold three parent-teacher conferences during this compact as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.
3. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:
• Report cards will be issued once each term -three times per year.
• Interim reports will be midway through each marking period.
• Parents are able to monitor their child’s progress through the Parent Portal on the online data system.
• Parents will also be informed of dates of other activities through letters, flyers, and the OneCall phone system.
4. Provide parents reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:
• Parents may contact teachers via phone, letter, or email, to discuss their child’s progress.
• An appointment can be made with individual teachers to discuss their child.
• Every staff person has voicemail and email.
5. If the schoolwide program plan under Section 1114(b) of the ESSA is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.
6. Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:
• Parents are welcome to volunteer to work in classrooms or in other capacities in the building, or attend field trips provided they have their clearances current.
• Parent events are sponsored throughout the year and parents are encouraged to attend.
• Open Houses, Back-to-School Nights, and First Fridays are held at the School and are on the school calendar.
We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:
• Send my child to school regularly, on time, well fed and well rested.
• Create an atmosphere in my home that supports learning by encouraging reading and other academic pursuits.
• Monitor assignments and encourage homework completion.
• Review all school communications and respond promptly.
• Attend school functions and conferences and participate in decisions relating to my child.
• Encourage my child to demonstrate respect for school personnel, classmates and school property.
• Join the Parent’s Association and become an active member.
• When possible: Provide feedback with Federal Program(s) programs and budgets; Join the Title I Parent Advisory Group
• Utilize school resources.
We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards. Specifically, we will:
• Come to school on time each day with a positive attitude.
• Be a cooperative learner and carry out the teacher’s instructions and directions.
• Take part in academic programs such as Study Island, PSSA Prep, College 101, and tutoring.
• Deliver all school communications home in a timely manner.
• Be respectful to school personnel, other students and school property.
• Become a life-long learner.
The Charter High School for Architecture + Design will:
1. Involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s parental involvement policy, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.
2. Involve parents in the joint development of any school-wide program plan, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.
3. Hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements, and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs. The school will convene the meeting at a convenient time to parents, and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. The school will invite to this meeting all parents of children participating in Title I, Part A programs (participating students), and will encourage them to attend.
4. Provide information to parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon the request of parents with disabilities, and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.
5. Provide to parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
6. On the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions, and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
7. Provide to each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts and reading.