At St. John’s Episcopal Church and School, we’re dedicated to teaching students to be successful professionally, emotionally and spiritually. Although the school year has already started, we’ve taken the liberty of preparing a helpful guide for parents and students to make the best of what a private school experience has to offer.
Many students will get caught up in everything St John’s has to offer, and that’s great! But don’t commit them to too many projects, study groups and after-school activities without giving them one free evening during the week to catch their breath. Students could end up exhausted from all of their obligations, so reserve an evening for your child to relax. He/she can reflect on what happened at the beginning of the week and what can be done to stay productive.
Have a Road Map
At the beginning of each school year, your child is given a good outline of what the school year will look like, what their classroom expectations will be, grading policies, etc. We recommend writing down all important project dates and creating a roadmap of when everything needs to be started and turned in. This will help guide your child through the school year and keep them on track. Remind your child to check their road map often so they can keep up with what they need to do.
Help Them Plan Ahead
With a good road map for school, your child will be able to set smaller, daily goals. This will work with a couple of basics in mind:
- Provide a space at home where your child can learn and study without distractions.
- Make it a routine to sit down and ask if your child needs any help with their work.
- Don’t allow your child to pull an all-night study session before a test. Help him/her study in intervals in the days leading up to an exam.
- No overscheduling! School life doesn’t have to be all about studying. Allow them to have time to themselves to read, play or do other relaxing activities.
Talk to Them
Talk to your children about their classroom, teacher and classmates. How was the their day? What were some new things they learned? Give them a chance to express how they feel about their learning environments. This will help them open up to you about their concerns and disappointments, and you won’t be caught off-guard if something is of concern down the road.
Show Interest in Their Education
You need to show more than just support for your child’s studies. Get to know their teacher if you can, become familiar with our school’s curriculum and keep in touch with the administration to learn more about what is going on. Not only will this help pave the way for you to ask questions, but it will also be easier for our teachers to keep you informed.
Succeed with Us
You’re child’s education should be one of the most important factors in their life. With our private school’s efforts to create a loving, supportive and accepting environment, your son or daughter can easily succeed. If you feel that your child will benefit from learning at our private school in McAllen, then contact us today to schedule a tour!