Parents and family members are critical to the academic success of students. In fact, studies show that parents are the most influential people in their student’s education.1And when you include other adult role models such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and older siblings, student achievement is even greater.
Parents and family members play an especially vital role in our school district because your students are participating in Ready Now Yuma, an initiative of YUHSD and Helios Education Foundation, dedicated to preparing every student for success in college and career.
YUHSD students participate in a rigorous, high expectations program of study within a college-going environment. The curriculum we provide meets state, national, and international standards. And because nearly two-thirds of future jobs will require some form of postsecondary education2 including certificates or degrees, we provide an environment where every student is encouraged to continue his/her education beyond high school whether community college, career and technical training, or university.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert in calculus or language arts to support your student. In fact, just showing interest in his/her high school academic experience has an amazing impact. Here are some other easy ways you can help your student succeed:
- Set High Expectations in Your Home - Expecting your student to do well in school and pursue postsecondary education is proven to impact student attitudes toward school and academic performance. Communicate your high expectations, and provide consistent, positive reinforcement.
- Learn More About Ready Now Yuma - Ready Now Yuma is a unique, cutting-edge approach to providing every student with a rigorous, high expectations program of study within a college-going environment. Spend time on this website, sign up for year-round communications, take a tour of our classrooms, and participate in school events such as open houses and parent-teacher conferences.
- Stay Engaged in Your Student’s Academic Success - Simply asking how school is going, offering to get him or her extra help when needed, communicating with your student’s teachers regularly, and ensuring your student is working with his or her counselor to plan courses and postsecondary pathways is important.
- Talk to Your Student About Life Goals and Aspirations - Did you know that 88% of 8th graders report planning to go on to college, yet only 70% actually go, and even fewer complete their degree or certificate?3 Talking to students about what they want to do upon graduation is important. Encouraging them to work hard and take the right high school courses leading to those dreams is invaluable too.
As your partner in your student’s success, we are here for you and your student! Be sure to check out our Resource Center for valuable information, tools, and resources to help you ensure your student is challenged and supported, and ultimately, graduates prepared to succeed in college and career.