Supportive Parents

Supportive parents have carefully selected the right school for their student. They embrace our mission, recognize that education is a partnership between families and Perkiomen, provide a home environment that supports learning, value our perspective on the student, and share information regarding a student’s needs.

Parents and independent schools work collaboratively to build meaningful and effective relationships that recognize and respect the role of the parents, students, and teachers in educating each child to attend a college of his or her choice. Research shows that appropriate parental involvement in the education of their child is highly effective in providing a solid educational foundation for advanced learning in college and in life.

Supportive Parents:

  1. Selected an independent school based upon its mission and the best possible educational match for their student(s). They:
    • Reviewed all information provided by the Office of Admissions regarding the school’s program.
    • Reviewed and understand all expectations of the school prior to making the contractual commitment to join the community.
    • Visited several schools to make comparisons and to gain an understanding of the school’s ethos, culture, and environment.
    • Shared their goals for and how their particular child fits into the Perkiomen community.
  2. Understand and embrace Perkiomen School’s mission. They:
    • Read the Community Handbook with their student at the start of every year.
    • Review the Mission and Philosophy on a regular basis.
    • Understand that Perkiomen is a college preparatory school and, as such, academic expectations are high, courses are challenging, and students are college bound.
    • Embrace an environment where the advisor is often the primary contact for students and families and not every daily event is communicated home.
    • Understand that the school has expectations beyond the academic day that they are required of every student.
    • Welcome students from diverse backgrounds, and other states and countries into the community and even into their homes to learn more about Perkiomen and the world.
    • Take full advantage of the residential component of the school as it pertains to preparing students for success in college and in their maturation.
  3. Recognize the inherent partnership between themselves and the school in effectively educating students. They:
    • Communicate regularly with their child regarding peers, activities, assignments, and teachers.
    • Set realistic goals for their child and for what the school can accomplish.
    • Set realistic goals for the college application process
    • Work with college counselors to determine the most appropriate list of applications.
    • Separate failures from their child. A failure on a test does not imply failure in general.
    • Recognize that each day at school brings a new set of experiences and events, but that any given day, week, or term does not equate to the total Perkiomen experience.
  4. Positively involve themselves in the life of the school. They:
    • Schedule appointments for visits to school and arrive at reception at the appointed time.
    • Contact advisors, teachers, or administrators as needed, via email, telephone, or postal service.
    • Read and understand all communications from the school.
    • Join or support the Parent’s Association or other school-sponsored groups or programs.
    • Attend or support school athletic competitions, cultural events, and fundraising.
    • Report any and all observations of problems or issues to the school.
    • Discuss their student, never another student, with the school or others.
    • Support the school, redirecting concerns of others to an appropriate member of the staff.
    • Treat every member of the school community with decorum and respect.
  5. Provide a home environment that supports the development of positive learning attitudes and habits. They:
    • Review homework assignments with their student on the course website.
    • Provide an organized, quiet, and well-lighted location to complete assignments.
    • Provide suitable technology in a family location and monitor its use.
    • Contact teachers if there is any uncertainty regarding assignments.
    • Assist their student in understanding the importance of assignments to the learning process, but never complete their assignments.
    • Show enthusiasm for the school, for schoolwork, and the importance of hard work.
    • Help develop organization skills, but never become overly involved in an assignment.
    • Provide genuine, specific praise, honest constructive criticism, and reasonable rewards.
    • Recognize effort, hard work, and perseverance.
    • Focus on their child’s strengths and support their child’s weaknesses.
  6. Seek, value, and support the school’s perspective on the student. They:
    • Review all communications regarding their child carefully and with an open mind.
    • Respond to all communications from the school with a spirit of collaboration.
    • Follow the guidelines for communications in the Community Handbook.
    • Seek the staff member who can most effectively address concerns or questions.
    • Develop a working relationship with their child’s advisor.
    • Listen to the professional opinions, advice, evaluations, and assessments of faculty.
    • Are open to expectations regarding extra help, study hall, learning support, or testing.
    • Are open to concerns about any dramatic changes in a student’s progress, behavior, or effort and work with the school to seek solutions.
  7. Seek information regarding their child or any concerns directly from the school, always consulting those best able to provide accurate and timely information. They:
    • Ask teachers questions regarding progress, mastery, weaknesses, and improvement.
    • Seek out objectives of what level their child should attain in each class.
    • Seek out and review the course description or syllabus for each class.
    • Know the rubric a teacher uses on assessments and seek clarification if unclear.
    • Meet with their student’s advisor to develop a trusting relationship.
    • Ask teachers and division heads what their child’s strengths and weaknesses are.
    • Review standardized testing with the Office of College Counseling to understand results.
    • Discuss with the school the most appropriate course of study for their child.
  8. Share any and all information regarding a student’s learning needs, religious and cultural background, medical history, and personal needs. They:
    • Provide and review all educational testing with the school.
    • Review any learning styles or learning differences addressed elsewhere with the school.
    • Provide a complete history of their child’s education so the school can effectively work with their child.
    • Provide a comprehensive medical history and share all allergies and medication usage.
    • Share religious needs so teachers can work to accommodate students during holy days.

Perkiomen, like most excellent schools, seeks strong, ongoing, and focused relationships with parents. In adopting these principles, Perkiomen has embraced pedagogically sound imperatives, which were compiled from various organizations and educational professionals. This list is not wholly original, but it is comprehensive in providing effective strategies to support the school and, therefore, students.