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Getting Involved in Your Child’s Education

What are the expectations of teachers and other school staff of families in the U.S.? Can you ask teachers about your student’s progress? Would you like to volunteer at your student’s school? Do schools welcome families regardless of immigration status? This section will provide you with information on how to become an active participant in your student’s education.

Getting Involved in Your Child's Education

Join us for our upcoming event

Come have fun with us at our annual Back 2 School Event. With the help of many great partners and sponsors, backpacks, school supplies, health screenings, and more, free of charge. Come see old friends, meet new people and take part in helping out school-family community thrive. Help spread the word and share our event flyer with other families in your school community.

Communication between families and schools

The School District of Philadelphia offers different means to facilitate communication between school staff and multilingual families: Bilingual Counseling Assistants (BCAs) are present in many schools, and there are also telephonic interpretation and translation services available.

Bilingual Counseling Assistants (BCAs)
Telephonic interpretation
Information in your language

Parent Portal

The School District of Philadelphia Parent & Family Portal gives you access to information about your student’s education, such as grades, attendance, homework, schedule, transportation, etc.

School Advisory Council (SAC)

The philosophy behind School Advisory Councils (SACs) is that when parents/family members are engaged in their student’s school, academic achievement improves. Share your voice, join your school’s SAC!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/teacher conferences are great opportunities to discuss a student’s progress. Get tips on how to make the best out of your meeting.

Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences
Academic Calendar

The Family Academy Courses and Trainings (FACT)

FACT offers a variety of courses and trainings for families. The New Americans strand provides topics of interest to immigrants and refugees. Start attending a class today!


Interested in volunteering in your child’s school but you do not know how to get started? This brochure will provide you with step-by-step instructions on what to do.

Last modified: June 29, 2018