Research shows that students achieve more when their parents are engaged in their education. Here are some simple tasks you can do to help stay informed and involved with your child during their high school years:

  1. Attend parent events at school to show your child that his or her education is important to you. These are planned by the school to provide important information to help your child succeed. If you are unable to attend, see if another responsible adult can go in your place to collect information, or get the information from another parent that did attend the event.
  2. At the beginning of each quarter, sit down with your child and set some academic goals to give him or her something specific to work toward in school. Examples of academic goals:
    • Read at least one book each week.
    • Get at least a B on every math test.
    • Hand in all homework on time.
    • Spend at least 30 minutes every week studying for an upcoming test
  3. Have a school calendar at home. All schools have a calendar that shows when the school will be closed for holidays and vacations and include dates for parent conferences and the beginning and ending of each quarter. Go to to view the DOE calendar. Also, check your school’s website for more information.
  4. Know your child’s school counselor and teacher(s) and how to contact them. Introduce yourself at a student event. You don’t have to wait for them to contact you. Teachers and counselors are responsible for the success of hundreds of students, so it's up to you to be your child’s advocate. School counselors are responsible for monitoring student academic success and answering questions about school or other school-related situations. Counselors also know which classes are offered at their school.
  5. Be sure your child takes classes that prepare him or her to be a successful college student. Make sure he is on track to earn the BOE “Step Up” Recognition Diploma. See the chart here to view the requirements and to track your child's progress.
  6. Review all report cards. Contact your school to find out when these are sent out.
  7. Have your child clean out and organize his or her backpack once a week. This will help your child turn in assignments on time.
  8. Insist that your child attend school every single day, unless he or she is ill. If your student will be absent from school for more than a day, contact his or her teacher(s) to see if assignments can be picked up for your child to work on while at home.
  9. Make sure that schoolwork is your child’s top priority, above sports, working, or other extracurricular activities.

Source: Minnesota Office of Higher Education