To help parents and families stay involved in education, we want to share with you a few simple ways to stay engaged.
Volunteer at SchoolSchools often send home lists of various ways that parents can volunteer. If they don’t, let your child’s teachers, principal, or counselors know your special skills and ask what you can do to help.
Show Your Child That You CareHave a conversation with your child about school and homework regularly. Ask specific questions that inform you about your child’s day. Know what classes your child is taking, who your child’s friends are, and other essential information.
Keep In Touch With The SchoolGet to know your child’s teachers, principal, counselors and school’s parent involvement coordinator. Make it a point to stay in contact with them throughout the school year.
Express High Educational ExpectationsEncourage your child to take challenging courses and monitor your child’s academic performance (homework, grades, and test scores) throughout the year. Emphasize effort and achievement.
Attend School Meetings, Functions & EventsMake time to attend parent-teacher conferences, parent fairs, curriculum nights, award ceremonies and other school events. Your attendance and support matters to your child.
Seek Out InformationRequest a meeting with your child’s teacher regarding any aspect of your child’s education. If you have other questions, ask the school by calling or sending a note so they can link you with the appropriate person who can respond to your needs.
Be An Active Part of Decision Making CommitteesParticipate in parent or school leadership organizations. Ask your school about the Parent Teacher Association or Parent Teacher Organization, school council, parent advisory committee or other parent organizations and then join one.
Make School ImportantTalk positively about school with your child. Send your child prepared for school each day with pens, pencils, notebooks, and homework completed. Make school a priority by ensuring they are at school every day and arrive on time.
Be Seen At SchoolArrange a visit to your child’s classroom, have lunch with your child at school, or visit the Parent Center. Your presence matters and shows the school that you are invested in your child’s education.
Be Informed and ResponsiveAsk, collect, read, and respond, if needed, to all information (school policies, field trip information, student handbook, etc.) that is sent from your child’s school or teacher. If you need to receive information in a language other than English, call or visit the school.
Visit Your School's WebsiteAccess all kinds of information, including homework assignments, class schedules, lesson plans, test dates, and grades on your child’s school website. If you don’t know your school’s Website, ask your child’s teacher or the school. Find your school division or school using these tools:
- All Virginia Public Schools – listed by school division
- For more contact information about about schools and school division, visit the Directories web page.
Participate in WorkshopsLook for great opportunities to meet other parents at school through workshops that cover topics such as child development, school standards, and other shared parent concerns. If workshops are not offered regularly, help plan one or suggest ideas to your school counselors or parent involvement coordinator.
Provide a Rich Learning Environment at HomeMake time for meaningful dinner conversations, trips, games, reading time, family sports, and daily routines. Activities like these will contribute to your child’s academic achievement at school.
Drop in On After-School or Extracurricular ActivitiesPick your child up from after-school activities or stop by a few minutes early to watch your child in action, if you are unavailable during the school day. It is also important to know your child’s after school teacher, instructor, or coach.
Partner With The CommunityEncourage local businesses, churches, clubs or civic organizations that you are involved with to volunteer or financially support the school. Have community partners provide schools and families with information about services and resources they provide that support student learning such as mentoring, tutoring, and service learning activities.
News You Can Use . . .
|Virginia K-12 Student Profile (PDF)
Learn more about public education in Virginia including student demographic data, graduation rates, and SOL testing results.
|Overview of K-12 Education in Virginia (PDF)
Learn more about The Virginia Department of Education including how public education is structured in the commonwealth.
|Virginia’s School Quality Profiles
School Quality Profiles are a new way to look at the performance of Virginia’s public schools. School Quality Profiles are available for all schools, school divisions, and for the state.
- For Families
- Student Records
- More Resources
Resources for Families
- I have a Question…What Parents and Caregivers Can Ask and Do to Help Children Thrive at School (PDF) (English)
- TENGO UNA PREGUNTA ... Preguntas que los padres y cuidadores deben hacer y los pasos que deben tomar para que los niños triunfen en la escuelaSchool (PDF)
- A Parent’s Guide to Special Education (PDF)
- Guía de Educación Especial para Padres (PDF)
- Virginia Family Special Education Connection
- Guidance for Military Families with Students in Special Education (PDF)
- Steps to Success: Communication with Your Child's School (This is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Haitian Creole, Hmong, Korean, Marshallese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.)
- Enrollment in Virginia Public Schools
- Virginia School Entrance Laws
- School Entrance Physical Exam Form (PDF) and Instructions (PDF)
- School readiness describes the capabilities of children, families, schools and communities that promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. Each component plays an essential role in the development of school readiness.
Graduation RequirementsStudents have many options for earning a high school diploma and opportunities ways to maximize course selections.
- Graduation Requirements
- Frequently Asked Questions about Earning a Virginia High School Diploma
- Academic and Career Plan – Students in middle and high school must now have a personal Academic and Career Plan that aligns academic and career goals with the student’s course of study.
- Parents: How to Connect Student Learning to Careers: Parents, Start Early! (PDF)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is the federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. For more information about FERPA, see Student Records & Privacy.
To obtain copies of your child’s school records, please contact your local school division’s administrative offices. Contact information on Virginia school divisions and schools is available on the Education Directories page.
- Health and Medical Support
- School Nutrition Programs – including National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Afterschool Snack Program, USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and Summer Food Service Programs
- Driver Education's 45 Hour Parent/Teen Driving Guide (PDF)
- Parent’s Guide to Additional Services
- A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Student Discipline Policies and Practices (PDF)
- Private Schools & Home Schooling
- Virginia 529 College Savings Plan
- The Senate and House of Delegates programs
- Human Trafficking
- Student Discipline – Understanding Student Discipline Policies and Practices in Virginia Schools (PDF)
- Guide to Local Alternative Education Options for Suspended and Expelled Students in the Commonwealth (PDF)
- Preparing for College – Resources for Virginia high school students to learn how to prepare, apply, and pay for college.