Family Engagement at FRCS is defined as collaboration between families and schools that drives student achievement. The goals of this collaboration are to help families guide, support, and advocate for their children’s learning; to encourage families and educators to foster high expectations for children; and to enable families and schools to share decision-making and leadership to improve school quality.
Core Beliefs of Family Engagement:
- Every child deserves an excellent education, wants to achieve at high levels and can do so with support from home and school.
- All families care about and want the best for their children.
- Actively engaged families are assets in supporting student learning, progress and positive outcomes
- Teachers have a tremendous influence on children’s outcomes
- Families and school staff are equal stakeholders
- Responsibility of building partnerships rests with staff and school leadership
Studies have shown that Family Engagement is a key indicator of student academic success! Our goal is to partner with families and provide them with as many engagement opportunities as possible.
Title I Part A of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
The priorities of Title I are to:
- Strengthen the core program in schools and provide academic and/or support services to low-achieving students at the preschool, elementary, middle, and high school levels;
- Provide evidence-based programs that enable participating students to achieve the learning standards of the state curriculum frameworks;
- Elevate the quality of instruction by providing eligible staff with substantial opportunities for professional development; and,
- Involve parents/guardians of participating public and private school children as active partners in their children's education at school through open, meaningful communication, training, and, as appropriate, inclusion in decision-making processes.
As a Title I school district, Foxborough Regional Charter School (FRCS) commits itself to educate and support all students and implements general and specific programming to meet the needs of its diverse student population. Further, the school recognizes that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school and family and agrees that to effectively educate all students, the school and parents must work as partners.
The school defines parent and family involvement as an ongoing process that assists parents and families to meet their basic obligation as their child’s first educator, promotes clear two-way dialogue between home and school, and supports parents as leaders and decision makers at all levels concerning the education of their children.
Families and school staff will jointly develop the Title I Parent Involvement Program. Appropriate offerings and practices are offered to enhance parent involvement activities and reflect the needs of the students and families. This partnership is facilitated through direct parent discussions, the school Family Engagement program, and the school’s formal parent organization, Partners in Education (PIE).