Title I Parent Information

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is our country’s most important federal education law. In 2001 this law was reauthorized and is now called the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). NCLB was designed to make changes in teaching and learning that will help increase academic achievement in our schools.

The law requires that all schools receiving Title I funds must inform parents of their right to ask schools about the qualifications of their child’s teachers. Our school receives Title I funding and we are happy to share this information with you at your request. According to New Jersey law, a “highly-qualified teacher” is one who possesses the following:

  1. A four-year college degree
  2. A regular teaching certificate
  3. Proof of his/her knowledge in the subject they teach

All of the teachers at ACCS meet the definition of highly qualified and you are encouraged to support your child’s education by communicating with your child’s teacher on an ongoing basis. You will be immediately notified should your child’s teacher’s qualifications change. For more information on NCLB, and the role of parents, please visit the United States Department of Education Web site at www.ed.gov/nclb.

Sincerely,

Jeanine Bethel, Principal
Atlantic Community Charter School


Parent/School Compact

The Atlantic Community Charter School and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) grades K-5, agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

This school-parent compact is in effect during school year 2015/2016.

School Responsibilities

The Atlantic Community Charter School will provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:

  • An educational environment characterized by high expectations for academic achievement and demonstrated proficiency of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
  • A reading and literacy curriculum with a strong focus on independent reading and students’ abilities to read carefully and grasp information, arguments, ideas, and details based on evidence in the text.
  • A Mathematics program that emphasizes conceptual understanding, skill proficiencies, and thinking skills through reasoning, applications, and the use of technology.
  • Hold parent-teacher conferences at the end of the first, second, and third marking periods during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement.  Specifically, those conferences will be held November 11-12, January 27-28, and April 13-14.
  • Frequent parent reports on their children’s progress that includes Interim Progress Reports four times during the school year and Report Cards four times during the school year.
  • Access to staff before and after instructional hours and during staff lunch and prep times.
  • Parent opportunities to volunteer/participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows: 
  • Support daily school activities such as Room Parents, Lunch Duties, and School Beautification
  • Participate in an active PTA (Parent/Teacher Association)
  • Attend meetings in order to solicit input for school programs relating to our academic goals.?
  • Maintaining an “open-door” policy to parents wishing to observe classrooms.
  • Solicit parent involvement during organized field trips as needed.

Parent Responsibilities

We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:

  • That my child attends school on a daily basis and arrives on time, prepared and ready for the learning experience.
  • That my child reads at home each day for a minimum of 30 minutes to develop a love of reading while improving reading skills.
  • That my child completes all other homework assignments.
  • That my child meets expectations for academic and behavioral performance.
  • I stay informed about my child’s education and communicate with the school as needed.

Student Responsibilities

We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards. Specifically, we will:

  • Arrive to school every day with a positive attitude ready to learn.
  • Be safe and try our best.
  • Read at least 30 minutes (2 quarters) every day outside of school time.
  • Complete assignments.
  • Give to my parents or guardian all notices and information received by me from my school every day.

This School-Parent Compact serves to remind all parties of their responsibilities when contributing to the educational success of all students. At ACCS, we believe that success can be achieved through people, purpose and performance.