No parent left behind : exploring parental involvement in schools

Robin Falkenberg, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


The economic challenges in today’s society make it difficult for parents to be involved in their students’ school environment. There are factors contributing to this issue, and as a parent of a middle school student, I wanted to explore the reasons and possible solutions to include parents in the school. Surveys were conducted with staff members and parents of students at Los Arboles Middle School in Marina California. The results of these surveys provided information that addressed what is being done as well as what should be done to include parents, and make them feel welcomed and needed at the school. I learned there are reasons parents cannot participate, but I also learned there are parents who want to feel wanted. Because of this project, more is being done to communicate with parents and keep them involved in the school environment.