Goal 2: Family and Community Engagement

  • icon of family and community engagement ACPS will partner with families and the community in the education of Alexandria's youth.

    Why this is important: The education of Alexandria’s young people is a shared responsibility of families and schools, and by recognizing the important role that families play and by assisting families to understand curricula and ways they can support children, we all benefit. By recognizing the role of the community in its public schools, we can extend the reach of the school division and strengthen the supports we provide to students. By nurturing welcoming environments at school facilities, we can help make schools centers of civic activity and help develop pride in school facilities. Community engagement, including outreach to the business community, can expand the number of partnerships that provide services to schools, including tutoring, internships and jobs, and other opportunities for students.

    Objectives

    2.1 Family Engagement
    ACPS will collaborate with parents and guardians in providing the high-quality services they need to be leaders in the education of their children.

    2.2 School Engagement
    ACPS will create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect to ensure effective communication in schools, enhanced engagement with families, and culturally responsive relationships.

    2.3 Community Engagement
    ACPS will actively engage families, students, staff, and community members regarding school programs and activities, volunteer opportunities, and events.

    2.4 Partnerships and Civic Engagement
    ACPS will partner with external organizations to extend its services and programs, to encourage a sense of community ownership of our schools, and to support the development of the academic, social, physical, creative, and emotional needs of students.

    2.5 Media and Public Outreach
    ACPS will use a wide variety of media to reach out to the community on issues of importance to the people of Alexandria.

    2.6 Collaboration with Social Service Organizations
    ACPS will promote the general welfare of its students, their families, and members of its community by collaborating with local and state agencies and nonprofit organizations.