Parental involvement in the educational process is a crucial factor for children to achieve academic success. At Epiphany, all families agree to work at the school for a minimum of two hours each week in lieu of tuition, doing such essential jobs as preparing school meals, carpooling, cleaning, tutoring, answering phones, and helping in the library.
Epiphany makes it a priority to provide support to families as a way of supporting each child. We hold regular meetings to discuss important topics related to student learning, as well as issues important to our parents –e.g., issues around healthcare, housing, and employment. Epiphany has hosted programs with the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA), employment agencies such as Strive and Career Collaborative as well as seminars to share information with families on a diverse range of topics, such as the earned income tax credit and MassHealth. We send home weekly mailings and regular progress reports and communicate regularly with parents and guardians, both in person and over the phone. The result is that parents and guardians become wonderfully engaged in the life of the school.
Partnering with families empowers them to find their collective voice and to encourage Epiphany’s excellence. We hope their involvement in Epiphany will lead to advocacy for children in other schools and communities.
Epiphany measures its success on the extent to which each student discovers and develops their individual gifts. A crucial component of this work is forging an active and close partnership with families.