How Do I Keep My High School Student on a Path to Graduation?
Make graduation a priority.
Be aware of your children’s attendanceand encourage them to be on time and in school every day.
Know who they are hanging outwith as they are most likely to mimic the behaviors of their friends.
Keep an eye on gradesand make sure they are staying on track for graduation.
Attend parent-teacher meetingsand talk about goals and expectations for your child.
Help your child explore careersand understand the necessary education and/or training.
Teach your children to speak for themselvesand allow them to make choices and decisions.
Attend and volunteer at school activitiesas a way to know what is happening at the school.
Encourage your children to join clubs and/or play sportsand they will be more likely to want to stay in school.
Seek tutoring and extra academic assistanceto help them through difficult classes.
Look for signs of bullying, learning difficulties, or health concernsthat may be reasons for your child’s poor performance or unhappiness at school.
Seek out resources and supportsoutside of the school when needed.
Look for online resourcesto address specific concerns and questions.
If your child has an IEP,make sure he or she is part of the IEP team and involved in the transition plan.
Make sure your child’s IEP goals align with the requirements for a High School diploma.Goals should focus on academics and include the supports and any accommodations needed in order to participate and pass the required coursework.
Check that your child has access to and is using the necessary accommodationsto be successful.
Remember,students with IEPs can stay longer in high school and receive extra supportsin order to help them complete the necessary coursework to graduate with a regular high school diploma.
Credits: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET), PACER Center, US Department of Education (Ed.gov), Parent to Parent of Georgia
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