Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Calif. (June 1, 2015) – Students tend to thrive when teachers, administrators, parents and community members collaborate to support learning. In underserved areas, where socioeconomic challenges loom large, nurturing a strong education community is especially critical to students’ success. Aspire Public Schools in Los Angeles uses ParentSquare, a simple and collaborative school-home communication platform, to reach and engage every parent, ensuring all parents have the opportunity to actively participate in their children’s education.
“Consistent, two-way communication and engagement with parents is critical to our mission at Aspire, so we devote significant effort and energy to that end,” said Aspire’s Los Angeles Area Superintendent Kate Ford. “Because of ParentSquare, I’ve had parents tell me, ‘I feel like I’m at school even when I can’t be.’ That’s the type of outcome we strive for – helping parents feel included and valued every step of the way.”
ParentSquare opens the lines of communication for everyone involved in students’ education: teachers, administrators, staff, PTA leaders, committees, volunteers, community leaders and parents. The benefits have been resounding, according to Ford, who started using ParentSquare at Aspire in 2014.
Aspire Public Schools in Los Angeles also has access to the ParentSquare analytics dashboard, which enables administrators to see, track and enhance parental engagement. The dashboard displays a school’s parental involvement data using intuitive graphs, helping administrators take well-informed steps in nurturing parent and community engagement. School officials can easily share reports to meet and exceed district, state and federal requirements.
“The accomplishments of Aspire and its students are remarkable,” said Anu Vaid, founder and CEO of ParentSquare. “Everyone at Aspire, from administrators to teachers to staff, clearly understands and appreciates the importance of parental involvement. ParentSquare’s mission is closely aligned with the goals and values of Aspire Public Schools.”
Nationally recognized for its ambitious College for Certain initiative, Aspire Public Schools was founded in 1998 with the mission of growing the public charter school movement by opening and operating small, high-quality charter schools in low-income neighborhoods. During the past five years, 100 percent of Aspire graduates secured admission to a four-year college or university.
About Aspire Public Schools
Aspire Public Schools is a national K-12 school system focused on improving public education by preparing underserved students for college, training highly effective teachers and sharing innovative best practices. Aspire serves more than 14,600 students in 38 open-enrollment public schools in underserved communities across California and Memphis, Tenn. Founded in 1998, Aspire delivers a rigorous College for Certain education which has led to 100 percent of graduating Aspire seniors being accepted to four-year colleges or universities over the last five years. Visit Aspire Public Schools at www.aspirepublicschools.org.
ParentSquare is a simple, collaborative platform for school-home communication that facilitates parental engagement in children’s education. Designed specifically to help preK-12 educators, ParentSquare reaches and engages every parent with automated email, text and app alerts, language translation, and 24/7 access. Powerful metrics on parent engagement help school administrators take well-informed steps to improving parental involvement. Learn more at www.parentsquare.com. Join the discussion on Twitter (@ParentSquare) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/Parentsquare).