Experience has taught me that helping kids gain success in high school, especially one as rigorous as HSPVA, requires a partnership between you and I. Here are the three issues that can do the most to make our partnership effective.
1. Do everything possible to make sure your child is in school every day. We loose many days to testing and the art areas as it is!
2. Please do me the courtesy as a professional of checking with me if something doesn't sound quite right about class. My students are successful year after year because I'm pushing them to levels they have rarely attained before, and often making up skills that should have been mastered earlier in their school career. It's easy for a 14 year old to misunderstand or mis-characterize what's going on.
3. Engage with your student as much as possible about specifics regarding the class. Keep an eye on GradeSpeed, check at this site often, ask about assignments, discussions in class, de Blij's view on a world situation, something funny that happened in class...you get the idea. This really helps a kid firm up his or her understanding.
I'm looking forward to meeting you and being part of your child's growth at PVA. Feel free to browse around this site, post a comment here, or shoot me an email from the "Contact Me" page. See you at Artist's Academy!