Parent and Teacher communication is a very important part of the private school experience at SIA. We are one of the best affordable private schools near Chesapeake and Norfolk. At the Strelitz International Academy, parents are encouraged to reach out to their child’s teacher with any questions or concerns that arise during the school year.
Being an IB primary school in Norfolk, our goal is to bring out the best in each of our students and an important part of that process are our parents and teachers working together.
At the beginning of the year, parents and students are invited to meet their child’s teacher at a Back to School Meet and Greet. This past year, with Covid protocols in place, each teacher held a virtual meeting to meet students and parents excited about the new school year.
A few weeks later in September, after the school year begins, parents are invited to meet with the teacher to learn more about the curriculum for their child’s grade, classroom expectations and how they can support their children in their new grade level.
During the school year, the year is divided into trimesters and parents receive a very detailed report card carefully explaining their child’s strengths and areas for growth. Each teacher is very thorough in their narrative assessments giving parents an accurate picture of their child’s academic, social and emotional progress.
Parent and teacher conferences are offered in the fall and student-led conferences are offered in the spring. Parents are always invited to contact their child’s teacher if an issue or concern arises at another time.
This past fall, due to strict Covid protocols, all student conferences were held virtually. With most of our teacher community vaccinated, SIA is excited to hold in-person conferences outside this spring, on school grounds, weather permitting with distancing and masking protocols being followed.
As an IB Primary School in Virginia Beach, this is a very important part of the learning and evaluation process. During the conference, students will share their IB Portfolio with their parents. The portfolio includes special projects and student reflections to document each student’s growth as a learner.
In addition to report cards and parent conferences, regular teacher- parent communication is an essential part of student growth. Teachers regularly communicate with parents throughout the year.
SIA uses a communication platform called www.parentsquare.com allowing teacher to parent, parent to teacher and school wide messages to be sent out. Parents can program the messenger system to go to their email, phone or both to ensure they are alerted to all important school messages.
From infant care to SIA’s outstanding academic program, parents can feel secure knowing that their children are in the best learning environment as they grow and develop into confident and high achieving students ready to take on the world.
To schedule a visit, contact us at 757-424-4327.