The research overwhelmingly demonstrates that a strong partnership between home and school is positively related to student achievement. This partnership benefits students in other ways, apart from student achievement, that include attitude towards school, self-concept, motivation, time spent on homework, and expectations for one’s future. EAC is deeply committed to developing and nurturing this partnership by encouraging parents to become involved in their child’s education and in the school community.
Parents are very active at EAC. Below are some ways in which parents become involved and add value to EAC.
- Partnership and Learning Forums (PLFs)
- Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
- Athletics Booster Club
- Parent Presenters and Performers
Partnership and Learning Forums are interactive sessions and workshops facilitated by school leaders designed to engage parents on topics/issues relevant to student learning and experience. School leaders (Principals, Head of School, Brazilian Program Director) organize interactive sessions for parents every month on issues and topics related to school priorities. The overall purpose of the PLFs is to work and learn together to support the continuous improvement of student learning and experience at EAC.
All parents are invited and encouraged to attend, learn, and engage in any of the scheduled PLFs.
The purpose of the PTO is to provide a forum that brings parents and teachers together to complement the formal school activities by providing additional opportunities to socialize, communicate, learn and develop. PTO sponsored events and activities at EAC enrich the school experience for students, faculty/staff, and parents. Further, the PTO provides EAC parents and teachers with networking opportunities as well. All EAC parents are members of the PTO and are invited to attend monthly meetings or contribute to PTO-sponsored events.
The EAC Athletics Booster Club is a parent group that supports EAC student athletes and promotes the EAC Athletic Department. The Athletic Booster Club partners with the EAC Athletic Department to increase school spirit by encouraging parent participation, promoting sportsmanship amongst student athletes, and raising funds to support EAC Athletics. The Athletics Booster Club provides meals, snacks, and beverages to student athletes and runs the concession stand during EAC athletic events and festivals.
Throughout the year, several parents volunteer their time to serve as guest presenters, performers and speakers. The community is very fortunate to have a committed group of parents who are willing to share their talents and expertise with students and faculty in the classroom and with other parents and alumni in our school community.