Parents are encouraged to participate in school-related activities, including those pertaining to curriculum and instruction, such as tutoring and storytelling. Volunteers may also be involved in monitoring the playground, student drop-off and pick-up, crosswalk, and assisting with school events. In addition, parents are encouraged to contribute their time and talent to organizing extracurricular activities and community outreach projects.
All volunteers who work with or around students on a consistent basis must complete an application, and each must be fingerprinted (for federal and state clearance). Volunteers receive structured training, and must follow all policies and procedures defined by the School. If activity occurs that is not in keeping with the School policies, the Head of School reserves the right to relieve the volunteer of his or her responsibilities.
PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION
The Columbus Arts & Technology Academy parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is comprised of a group of parents dedicated to supporting student learning and the overall success of the School. The PTO provides ongoing input on the operation of the School and serves as a vital link between the School and home. All parents are encouraged to join the PTO. For more information, contact the School office at (614) 577-0900.
Formal parent/teacher conferences are scheduled throughout the year to facilitate open communication between parents and teachers regarding students’ progress. Information on the scheduled parent/teacher conferences will be sent home prior to holding the conferences.
Columbus Arts & Technology Academy maintains an open door policy, and parents are encouraged to visit their children’s classrooms to see them in action. We ask that parents make an appointment with the office prior to attempting to visit a classroom in order to keep disruptions to a minimum. Formal and informal conferences or conversations are encouraged, but must be scheduled with teachers or administrators at appropriate times.
PROGRESS REPORTS AND REPORT CARDS
Progress reports will be sent to parents each quarter to provide specific information about student progress in each subject. At the end of each quarter, parents will receive report cards with cumulative data on their children’s performance and progress. Progress for students with disabilities will also reflect progress toward their IEP goals.