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Supporting Your Childs Education Handout 12

Supporting Your Childs Education Handout 12

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Army Family Team Building
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1.8 Handout
Level I
 Army Family Team Building
Supporting Your Child’s Education
Welcome to a New School System
The following questions are designed to serve as a checklist for parents who are new toa school. The answers to these questions will help parents know more about theirchild’s education.
General Questions
What is the school policy regarding 
 Academic requirements?
Communication between the school andparent—the best way to contact child’steacher?
Class schedules?
Promotion to the next grade?Enrichmen
t programs — gifted/talented,r opportunities — who to contact?olence?s?provement plan? /student activities?
Dress code? vary widely; some morerestrictive than others?
field trips, sports, after-
ce for activities and
oftwarepackages, computer donation program,Internet access, and monitoring?tutoring?
Health education programs?
Prevention programs — drug, vi
Parent involvement program
School im
School sponsored parent
Health and medication?
The school calendar — holidays, teacherworkdays, special activities?
Teacher qualifications?
Student placement?
Before- and after-school care?
Community service?
Services for children with special needs?
 After-school activities? Activity fees —school clubs?Financial assistanschool supplies?Transportation to and from school —buses, bikes, parking, drop-off a
School breakfast and lu
 Absence from school?
Disability accommodation?
The Parent Teacher Association?
Non-English speaking assistance?Computers—student access, use, s 
1.8 Handout
Level I
 Army Family Team Building
Preschool Questions
What are the hours of operation?
How are children nurtured?
How does the school foster social skills?
How is intellectual curiosity developed?
Is the school licensed?
How much does the program cost?
 Are meals included in the fees??What are the health requirements?
 Are meals nutritious?
 Are resources available to help pay fees?
What is class size and child-teacher ratio
Is there a classroom instructional aide?
How do teachers address “separationanxiety”?
How are children prepared for entry tokindergarten — both academically andsocially? Is there a checklist for schoolreadiness?
How can parents help with kindergartentransition?
What are suggestions for parents whenchildren are not ready for kindergarten?
How often should I be reading to mychild?
Is there a music and arts program?
Elementary School Questions
Is kindergarten full or half day? May yourequest AM or PM and a specific teacher?
What is the total enrollment and averageclass size?
What is the curriculum for my child’sgrade?
What parental involvement is most helpful?
How can you become involved?
How can you reinforce school lessons?
How do you measure academic and socialprogress?
 Are all students expected to readindependently by the end of the thirdgrade?
What academic and social help is availablefor children who are behind or ahead?
 Are children allowed to transfer to anotherclass if there is a teacher/child situation?

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