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How To Help Your Student Be Successful at School

  • Contact teachers rather than waiting for teachers to contact you.
  • Have students use their planner to record homework assignments, and check your student’s planner daily—be consistent.
  • Teach your student how to keep binders, backpacks, and assignments organized.
  • Set aside a designated study time and a quiet place every night—be consistent.
  • Read together.
  • Talk in a non–judgmental way about school, friends, drug, alcohol, other substance abuse concerns, and anything else that might influence your student’s success.
  • Know your student’s friends and friend’s parents. Communication is a powerful ally.
  • Watch for changes in personality, sleeping habits, eating habits, clothing, and grooming.
  • Have expectations and consequences related to your student’s behavior and academic achievements, and consistently enforce them.
  • Supervise your student’s “on–line” activities, as well as his/her free time before and after school.
  • Seek out appropriate resources if you are concerned. Our counselors and academic liaisons have many community related resources that they can share.