Parent Academy
  • Parent Academy 2016: What's New this Year


    New seminars include Digital Citizenship, Parent Advocacy and more

    New this school year, and in response to family feedback, SPPS now offers Parent Academy Seminars. Seminars are one-time classes that offer deeper learning in topics like: 
    • Parent Advocacy and Leadership
    • Digital Citizenship
    • Middle School: Students, Grades, and Communication
    Seminar topics are chosen by school leaders, based on what they know and hear from their families.

    Like Parent Academy, Seminars are free to attend and include child care and a meal. Last fall, more than 850 middle school and high school parents attended seminars.

    All seminars are led by trained facilitators, including parents, community members, Parent Academy graduates, individual entrepreneurs, and staff from the City of Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Metropolitan Council, and Metropolitan State University. 

What is Parent Academy?

  • Parent Academy is a free, six-week series of classes offered each year by the Office of Family Engagement and Community Partnerships at schools throughout the district.

    The classes help families partner with schools and advocate for their children. The goal is to bring schools, families, and community organizations together, to provide a great education for all students.

    “The program is all about building relationships between parents and school staff and parent-to-parent relationships,” said Heather Kilgore, Family Engagement Coordinator. “It is about learning from each other, and hearing helpful, meaningful information from a peer network.”

    Parent Academy is led by trained, community-based facilitators, and is offered in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali and Karen. Childcare and a small meals are provided to all participants.

    Parent Academy Elementary will study the following topics during the six-session program:
    • The Foundation of Academic Success for Students 
    • Recognizing the Importance of Literacy for Students
    • Self-esteem and Positive Discipline 
    • Identifying the Steps to College Enrollment Part I (Decision, Academic Preparation and Entrance Exams)
    • Identifying the Steps to College Enrollment Part II (Post-secondary Options & Financial Aid)

    Additionally, parents will gain new information on the following topics:
    • Common Core Standards for English Language Arts 
    • Key Changes in Literacy and How to Support Our Children
    • Health and Academic Achievement
  • Saint Paul Public Schools knows all families want to help their children succeed, and do many things at home and in the community to ensure their children are ready to learn.

    But for many, engaging with a school system as big as SPPS can be confusing. 
    That’s where Parent Academy comes in.
  • 2016 Winter Seminars

    Interested in enrolling in Parent Academy or a seminar? All Parent Academy offerings are specific to each school, so families should contact their school for details.

    The winter session of Parent Academy runs through March 25. Seminar topics and dates are selected by the school, so please contact your school for more information and to register.

    Winter seminars are being held at:
    • Adams Spanish Immersion 
    • American Indian Magnet 
    • Benjamin E. Mays IB World School 
    • Bruce Vento Elementary
    • Cherokee Heights Elementary
    • Como Park Elementary 
    • Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus
    • Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4 Campus
    • Frost Lake Elementary
    • The Heights Community School
    • Highland Park Elementary 
    • J.J. Hill Montessori
    • Jackson Preparatory
    • L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion
    • Linwood Monroe Arts Plus (Lower Campus) 
    • Maxfield Elementary
    • Obama Elementary
    • Phalen Lake Hmong Studies
    • Wellstone Elementary
  • 2016 Spring Parent Academy

    Spring 2016 sites (April 11 to May 27) include:.
    • Chelsea Heights Elementary
    • Eastern Heights Elementary
    • Four Seasons A+ Elementary
    • Galtier Community School
    • Groveland Park Elementary
    • Hamline Elementary
    • Hazel Park Preparatory Academy
    • Highwood Hills Elementary
    • Horace Mann School
    • John A. Johnson Achievement Plus
    • Mississippi Creative Arts
    • Nokomis Montessori
    • Randolph Heights Elementary
    • EXPO Elementary
    • Riverview Elementary
    • Saint Paul Music Academy
    • St Anthony Park Elementary  

  • Parent Academy at a Glance

    • Instructional parent curriculum in five languages (English, Hmong, Karen, Somali and Spanish) 
    • 4,276 parents have participated in Parent Academy (3,244 graduated from the six-week program and 1,032 attended seminars)
    • Free meal for families and children from 5:30-6 p.m. 
    • Free evening classes from 6-8 p.m.
    • Free on-site childcare and activities
    • Limited transportation 
    • Access to community resources
    • A college tour for families 
    • Graduation ceremony and certificate of completion 
    • Building relationships with other parents and school staff