Parent Involvement Policy

Charter School Institute Parent Involvement Policy
Parental Involvement in Education Policy
The Colorado General Assembly believes that the education of each student is a responsibility shared by the school as well as parents. The Board recognizes the need for a constructive partnership between Institute Schools and parents that provides for two-way communication and fosters educational support for students and parents. In this policy, the word “parent also includes guardians and other members of a student’s family involved in the student’s education.
In keeping with these beliefs, it is the intention of the Institute Board to cultivate and support active parental involvement and to set and realize goals for parent-supported student learning.
To that end all Institute schools shall:

  • Consult with and encourage parents to share in school planning and in the setting of objectives through participating in school accountability committees.
  • Help parents understand the educational process and their role in supporting student achievement.
  • Inform parents of school choices within the home district, including but not limited to, information on open enrollment, choice programs and charter school options.
  • Provide opportunities for parents/guardians to be informed about their student’s progress toward attaining proficiency on state and Institute content standard through written materials and public meetings. Information shall explain how the student’s progress will be measured and how parents will be informed of such progress. This information shall also be provided to the school and Institute accountability committees.
  • Provide appropriate avenues for parent to find support in their role.
  • If a school must adopt an improvement, priority, or turnaround plan, districts must inform parents at affected school(s) within 30 days and hold public hearing for parents to provide input.

The Board also recognizes the special importance of parental involvement to the success of its Title I, Migrant Education Program (MEP), and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) programs and directs the School Boards to ensure that the Schools jointly develop with parents written parent involvement policies that meet the
requirements of federal law.

Pinnacle Charter School Title I Parent Involvement Policy
We believe:

  • Parents and their contributions when being involved add value to our school.
  • It is important to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners.
  • The improved academic achievement of each student is a responsibility shared by the entire school community,  including the school district, school, community members, school administration, staff, students, and parents.

The term parent, for purposes of this policy, is defined to include guardians and all members of a student’s family involved in the student’s education.
The Pinnacle Charter School will:

  • Involve parents in the planning review, and improvement of the school’s parental involvement policy in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.
  • Involve parents in the joint development of any school-wide program plan in an organized, ongoing, and timely way.
  • Hold an annual meeting to inform parents of the school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements, and the right of parents to be involved in Title I, Part A programs. The school will convene a meeting at a convenient time to parents, and will offer a flexible number of additional parental involvement meetings, such as in the morning, or evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend.
  • The school will invite to this meeting all parents of children participating in Title I, Part a programs (participating students), and will encourage them to attend.
  • Provide information to parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon the request of parents with disabilities, and, to the extent practicable, in a language that parents can understand.
  • Provide to parents of participating children information in a timely manner about Title I, Part A programs that includes a description and explanation of the school’s curriculum, the forms of academic assessment used to measure children’s progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
  • On the request of parents, provide opportunities for regular meetings for parents to formulate suggestions, and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions about the education of their children. The school will respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible.
  • Provide to each parent an individual student report about the performance of their child on the State assessment in at least math, language arts, and reading.
  • Provide each parent timely notice when their child has been assigned or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified within the meaning of the term in section 200.56 of the Title I Final Regulations (67 Fed. Reg. 71710, December 2, 2002).
  • Submit any parent comments regarding the school-wide Title I program plan to the Charter School Institute as the acting Local Education Agency pursuant to section 1114 (b)(2) of the Title I Final Regulations.

Building Capacity for Involvement
The Pinnacle Charter School will:

  • Facilitate and implement the Title I Parent Involvement policy.
  • Make The Pinnacle Charter School Title I Parent Involvement Policy available to all stakeholders - staff, parents, students, and community members.
  • Provide assistance to parents, as appropriate, in understanding the State’s student academic content and achievement standards, and academic assessments.
  • Provide materials and training to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, in areas such as literacy, math, or technology as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.
  • Educate school personnel, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, how to reach, communicate and work with parents.
  • As appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other organizations such as Head Start, Parents as Teachers, etc.
  • Provide reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.

The Pinnacle Charter School will:

  • Provide opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parents with disabilities and parents of migratory children, and provide information and school reports in a format and language such parents understand.

Information from Parent Information and Resource Centers
The Pinnacle Charter School will:

  • Provide information to parents and parent organizations of the existence and purpose of the Colorado Parent Information and Resource Center.

This policy and the attached compact have been jointly developed and agreed upon by The Pinnacle Charter School and parents of students served in the school pursuant to Colorado Department of Education policy compliance and evaluation guidance regarding the No Child Left Behind Act, Title I, Section 1118: PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT.
If you have any questions regarding Title programming, please contact the Title Director at 303-450-3985 ext. 1113.