8601 McAlpine Park Dr, Charlotte, NC 28211 704-295-0137

Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Encouraging Active Involvement

Charlotte Secondary School encourages participation and active involvement from parents of all our students. We actively seek input from parents based on grade level and school-wide meetings as well as participation with our Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO.) These meetings are open to all parents with students at Charlotte Secondary School without regard to socio-economic status or other privilege.

The School has distributed this policy to parents of our families via posting on the school website. Copies of the policy also are posted in the school lobby and copies may be obtained from the main

Officer. Among other objectives, this policy describes the means for carrying out Title I parental involvement requirements [20 USC 6318 Section 1118(a)-(f) of Title 1 legislation.] This policy shall be updated periodically to meet changing needs of parents and the school.

Involvement of Parents  and Family at Charlotte Secondary School

To involve parents in our educational program at Charlotte Secondary School the following practices have been established:

  • The school convenes an annual meeting to inform parents, family members and community members of Title I students about Title I requirements and about the right of parents to be involved in the Title I program. This meeting happens in within the first 20 days of each school year.
  • The school offers a number of flexible meetings, workshops and parent conferences to assist parents, family members and community members. These meetings provide information on how parents can provide homework assistance and enrichment activities for our students.
  • The school involves parents, family members and community of all students in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review and update of the School Improvement Plan, including advancements in the CSS Title I programs and the parental involvement policy.
  • The school provides parents of Title I students with timely information about Title I programs as well as other programs from which students may benefit.
  • Charlotte Secondary School provides parents of students with an explanation of the curriculum used at the school, the assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
  • The school schedules parent conferences to discuss the academic progress of all students. When requested, the school provides opportunities for regular meetings that allow the parents to participate in decisions relating to the education of their children.
  • CSS notifies parents, family and community members by clearly posting on the School’s website NC School Report Card Data
  • CSS offers a flexible number of meetings, workshops, and parent conferences that assist parents, family members, and community members in improving the achievement of all children
  • CSS provides opportunities for all parents, family members, and community members to participate in school activities, including persons with disabilities and limited English proficiency
  • The school assist parents, family members, and community members in understanding state academic content, the North Carolina Accountability Program, state and local assessments, and student performance standards
  • The school communicates clearly and frequently with parents, family members, and community members about school polices, programs, and their own children.
  • CSS educates school personnel in the value of contributions of parents, family members, and community members and in how to communicate with and build ties between the these critical stakeholders and the school in order to build school capacity
  • CSS annually conducts a joint evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this policy with parents, family members, and community members and maintaining on file at the school, at a minimum, a copy of the agenda from the meeting highlighting that this policy was discussed, reviewed and revised; a copy of this policy with latest revision date; proof that this policy was distributed in multiple ways (i.e., newsletter, parent handbook, website, etc.); documentation of parental feedback and/or evaluation in the form of sign-in sheets and minutes from policy meetings; and flyers, website announcements, message recordings and/or meeting advertisements.

School-Parent Compact

Charlotte Secondary School distributes a school-parent compact to our students’ parents. The compact, which has been jointly developed with parents, outlines how parents, the entire school staff and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. It describes specific ways the school and families will partner to help children achieve the North Carolina’s academic standards. It addresses the following legally required items, as well as other items suggested by our faculty and parents:

  • The school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction;
  • The ways parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning;
  • The importance of ongoing communication between parents and teachers, minimally through annual parent-teacher conferences, frequent reports on student progress, and access to staff;
  • Opportunities for parents to volunteer and participate in their child’s class; and,
  • Opportunities to observe classroom

Building Capacity for Involvement

Charlotte Secondary School engages parents in meaningful interactions with the school. It supports a partnership among staff, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement. To help reach these goals, the school has established the following practices.

  • The school provides our parents with assistance in understanding the State’s academic content standards, assessments, and how to monitor and improve the achievement of their children through regular communication between our faculty, the parents and the students. Our testing coordinator, counselors and director of college planning work with all students to map out and achieve a successful track of secondary
  • The school provides materials and training to help them work with their children to improve their children’s achievement. Parents can receive information regarding providing homework help at Charlotte Secondary School curriculum nights, and teachers post supplementary resources on their
  • With the assistance of our PTO, the school educates staff members about the value of parent contributions, and in how to work with parents as equal
  • The school coordinates and integrates the Title I program with the the School Improvement Program, and conducts other activities, such as parent resource centers, to encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.
  • Charlotte Secondary School distributes Information related to the School and parent programs, meetings, and other activities to parents in a format and language that the parents

Accessibility

Charlotte Secondary School provides opportunities for the participation of all parents, including parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities and parents of migratory students. Information and school reports are available in a format and language that parents understand. Parents needing information in a different language or format than originally provided should contact the Main Office.

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