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Family Involvement in Children's Education - October 1997

Appendix B: Turnbull Learning Academy

Program/School, LEA, City, State

Program Description

Student Characteristics

Parent Involvement Activities/Strategies

Grades Served;


% Poverty1 and Title I Status

Turnbull Learning Academy

San Mateo-Foster City School District

San Mateo, CA


  • Magnet program features a school-family compact that requires families to devote 100 hours a year to their children's education.

  • Parents track their participation through a point system in which they earn an agreed-upon number of points each month for helping with homework, attending school events, and completing weekly literacy activities with their children.

  • Parents get weekly envelope of activities to complete with their children.

  • About 60 parents attend parent education workshops each month that address parenting skills; about 20 parents are in attendance at each six-week session offered twice a year in ESL skills.

    Funding Sources2:

  • Title I

    Evidence of Success:

  • In 1994–95 and 1995–96, all families at the school completed their family partnership agreements.

  • Almost 100 Turnbull parents are active members of the PTA.

  • From 1993–94 to 1994–95, absenteeism fell from 15 percent to less than 1 percent.

  • Turnbull received the California Department of Education Distinguished School Award in 1995.

  • Turnbull was selected as a leadership school during the 1996–97 school year by the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative.

  • Third- and fourth-graders made gains in test scores in reading, mathematics, and language in 1995–96 (e.g., in language, third grade scores increased 12 percentile points and fourth grade 20 percentile points; in math, third grade scores rose 8 percentile points and fourth grade 1 percentile point). Second–graders made a 3 percentile point gain in reading and a 14 percentile point gain in math.

  • pre-K–5


    90+% Hispanic

    94% FRL

    Schoolwide Program

    Magnet School

    1 All schools and districts included in this Idea Book receive Title I funding. This column indicates whether a school has implemented a schoolwide program.

    2 Administrators in many schools cannot separate the costs of parent involvement efforts from other reforms and activities. This is especially true in schools that have implemented schoolwide programs (as have most schools in this appendix). However, administrators reported that, in addition to their school or district general operating budget, the funding sources listed here provide a major source of support for their parent involvement efforts.

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