Family and Community Engagement
The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Office of the Raul Yzaguirre School for Success coordinates the many interactions and collaborations between the district and schools with the larger community, including parents, business partners, civic and service organizations, governmental agencies, and other individuals who share an interest in the educational process at all RYSS campuses.
The office is guided by the concept that schools have an important responsibility to encourage parents and the community to become involved in the successful education of their children.
Together: Parents, School, and Community…Our Scholars will Achieve Educational Excellence
When parents are involved and engaged in their children’s schools, the research has consistently shown that their children are more likely to
- Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
- Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits
- Attend school regularly
- Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school
- Graduate and go on to postsecondary education
The school plays an important role in determining the levels of parental involvement. Specifically, schools can outline their expectations of parents and regularly communicate with parents about what children are learning. Also, schools can provide opportunities for parents to talk with school personnel about their role in their children's education through home visits, family nights, and well-planned parent-teacher conferences and open houses. In addition, parent organizations recommend that parent/family involvement programs welcome parents as volunteer partners in schools and that these programs invite parents to act as full partners in making school decisions that affect children and families.
When schools engage families in ways that improve learning and support parent involvement at home and school, students make greater gains. We at RYSS are committed to building partnerships with families by responding to parent concerns, honoring their contributions, and sharing decision-making responsibilities. When we work together, we are able to sustain connections that are aimed at improving student achievement.