Parent participation is a unique and integral part of life at The Children’s School. Our program welcomes parents into the school and celebrates their ability to bring an added dimension to the learning process. Research indicates that parent involvement in school is directly correlated with student success.
The Children’s School asks that each family donate 14 days of their time to the school per year (regardless of how many children from the family are enrolled). Our school community is diverse and we recognize that families have different abilities to participate. Many families choose to spend 7 days volunteering in the classroom and 7 days on projects outside the classroom, for example working on a committee, helping with the annual benefit, or coordinating field trip logistics. Occasionally, we have families who cannot participate in the parent volunteer program and for those families we do provide a buy-out option.
In-school volunteering may take many forms, and is usually directed by the teacher and the projects unfolding in each classroom. In the younger grades, parents may help with reading out loud to students, taking student dictation, typing students’ finished work for publication, or helping oversee part of a classroom project. In the older grades, parents become important intellectual resources. For example, parents might share with students how the topics of the classroom are relevant in later life (“This is how I use algebra in my work”) or share their skills as an artist, scientist, carpenter, or computer expert. Still others may help with school-wide tasks. Parents are encouraged to dress comfortably and participate fully in the life of the classroom during their volunteer days.
The Children’s School would not be able to offer the same quality and diversity of experiences to our children without the wonderful support and resources of our parent volunteers.