Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


The capstone’s site is Greenfield High School (GHS) and is located in Greenfield, CA. One of the concerning issues at GHS is the low rate of parent involvement. There are plenty of events that Greenfield High School puts together for parents and students to attend, as well as, a good number of educational workshops and informational meetings during the school year. Unfortunately, the attendance of parents participating during these events is really low. There are about 1,200 students enrolled in GHS and about 50% of parents participate during the school year. According to the Department for Education and Skills, researchers found that children were disadvantaged not by social class, but rather by lack of parents’ interest. Therefore, poor parent participation is caused by race, poverty levels, parental educational attainment, and parent’s language. These are all barriers that affect a child’s education. GHS needs to improve their way of reaching out to parents. Text messages, flyers, and recorded phone calls don’t seem to be working. GHS could assign home visits with parents and students, meet parents in the parking lot while they wait for their kids after school, have a phone chat, or go out and meet parents are their jobs during their lunch hours. These are all ways that can help GHS improve their system of communication with parents.