Fall 2023 School Conferences Dates and Tips
School conferences, commonly known as parent-teacher conferences, create essential connections between a student’s school and home life. ACPS conducts parent-teacher conferences twice each calendar school year to provide opportunities for families and teachers to discuss their students’ social, emotional and academic progress.
In the fall, when school conferences are being held, the traditional academic calendar closes school for secondary students at Alexandria City High School campuses, George Washington Middle School and Francis C. Hammond Middle School on Sept. 28 and 29, 2023. Elementary school conferences are scheduled for Nov. 3 and 6, 2023. Each teacher will communicate with their students, staff and families regarding sign-ups for conferences through ParentSquare.
To make the most of your parent-teacher conference, the ACPS Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE) suggests the following:
- Get Ready: Most ACPS schools will be using ParentSquare to schedule conference times for families. Make sure you register your ParentSquare account and download the app to ensure a smooth and easy sign-up process.
- Gather Everyone to be on the Same Page: If your child has a special education teacher and a general education teacher, request that they both attend your conference so that your student’s support team is connected.
- Ask Questions: Parent-teacher conferences are generally 10-15 minutes. Make a list of questions in advance for the teacher before your meeting. Do not be afraid to ask for clarification at any point, if needed.
- Take Notes: During the conference, write down dates, important information shared and the teacher’s responses to your questions.
- Involve Your Child: (before and afterwards): Have a conversation with your child beforehand, asking them what are their favorite subjects and activities at school as well as their least favorite and why. Afterward, share what you learned and how you plan to work with the school to help your child succeed.