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Family Involvement in Children's Education - October 1997

Appendix B: Ferguson Elementary School

Program/School, LEA, City, State

Program Description

Student Characteristics

Parent Involvement Activities/Strategies

Grades Served;


% Poverty1 and Title I Status

Ferguson Elementary School

School District of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA


  • Parents Make a Difference Conference provides a two-day open house where parents see children reading and participating in hands-on math activities; principal, teachers, and children travel door-to-door on a Sunday to invite the community.

  • Teacher-directed community workshops are held up to six Saturdays a year to focus on needs of students in different grade levels; 100–150 parents attended the two workshops offered at the end of the 1995–96 school year.

  • Community assistants program provides training and stipends to parents to serve as classroom aides.

  • Parent Network meets to review school and community calendars and to get word out to parents about events.

  • Approximately six parents a day visit the parenting center, which houses computers and lending library.

    Funding Sources2:

  • Title I, partnership with Temple University

    Evidence of Success:

  • The 1995–96 fall open house drew 350 parents, compared with 30 parents in 1989.

  • Fifty parents volunteer as classroom aides each week.

  • From 1993 to 1996, the percentage of first-graders reading on grade level increased from 5 to 37 percent.

  • From 1993 to 1996, the number of disciplinary referrals dropped from 586 to 267.

  • Average daily attendance increased from 80 percent to 90 percent during the same period.

  • Twenty-five parents received certificates of continuing education from Temple University in 1995–96.

  • pre-K–5


    75% African American

    25% Hispanic

    98% AFDC

    Schoolwide Program

    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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