Parents As Primary Educator is one of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School’s four pillars. We believe that parents play a central role in the education of their child as their first educator. Our faculty and staff partner with parents to help each student reach their potential.

The following pillar document outlines the defining principles and background for the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School’s approach to Parents As Primary Educator.

1. Parents are welcome at our school.

2. Parents actively participate in their child’s educational experiences.

3. Parents are consulted on important academic decisions regarding their children.

4. Parents are responsible for supporting their child’s educational activities beyond the school day, such as homework, establishing organizational systems and project work.

5. Parents are responsible for being vigilant and proactive in addressing and  educational issues they observe in their child, both in school and at home.

6. Communication between teachers and parents is maintained, meaningful, and based on mutual respect.

7. Parents receive detailed information about what their child is learning in the classroom and have access to classroom texts online.

8. Numerous volunteer opportunities are provided by the school and parents are expected to participate as their schedule allows.

9. Parents allow teachers and administrators to do their job and exercise their professional expertise, consistent with the mission of the school.

10. Parents are given opportunities to learn about the school’s pillars, as well as resource support for non-academic subjects, such as health and safety issues, social skills, study skills, mental health issues, discipline and motivational strategies that will help them fulfill their primary educator role.

11. Parents desire the classical, sequential, content-rich curriculum provided by  BFCCPS and are expected to provide support for their child through enrichment and remediation activities.

12. Parents partner with the school to cultivate the virtues in their children’s character.

13. Parents support community service as a method for building authentic selfesteem and engaging youthful energy in a positive way.

Background:

The Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School exists “to assist parents in their  role as primary educators…” A child is first taught by his or her parents and continues to be profoundly influenced by them throughout life. As an expression of the deep love they have for their children, parents assume the ultimate responsibility of ensuring their children receive the education they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s world.

Parents choose their children’s schools carefully and follow their studies closely, acting as true partners with teachers in all that they do. They welcome the responsibility to share in the education of their children in many phases, including remediation and challenge, where  appropriate, and to provide guidance and support during the school experience. The school and home work together in the task of passing on the riches of a classical education.