Parent University is off to a terrific start for the 2011-2012 school year. After the incoming freshmen receive a transitional home visit (this is a visit where school staff go out and connect with incoming freshmen and their families over the summer) they invite the freshmen to attend orientation and the parents/guardians are invited to attend monthly classes back at the high school. The first class started back in September; the topic focused on welcoming/orientating the parents to the high school. This session, as well as, many others have had an average attendance of close to 80 people. All topics covered at Parent University have been chosen by the parents participating. The faculty and staff at Luther Burbank felt it was important to involve the parents in the decision making process of what was going to be offered at the university. Most parent programs in education are forced upon parents, with very little input on what the parents want to learn; which is why Parent University at Burbank High School is so successful because parents choose what they want to learn.
Other topics covered so far are:
High School Success
Tools For College
Student Perspective ( a panel of students speak honestly about what it is like in high school and how their families can support them through out the 4 years).
Paying For College
The class meets 5 more times, including a field trip to UC Berkeley and Saint Mary's.
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