County schools plan Parent Academies

By Jeff Linville -

Over the next three weeks, Surry County Schools will be holding workshops to help parents better understand what is available to teens at the four district high schools.

In the fall, the school system held a centralized meeting for parents for all the high schools. That Surry Parent Academy included much information that applies to both the incoming freshman class and for the continuing student.

While those attending had great things to say about the academy, one complaint was that the district is wide, and some folks had to travel a long distance to attend the sessions.

Therefore, the school system decided to hold an event at each of the three traditional high school campuses.

The first spring academy will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at East Surry. The following Thursday at 6 p.m. will be a session at North Surry. Surry Central will host an academy on Feb. 28 (a Tuesday) at 6 p.m.

“Students and parents must attend to receive high school registration information,” the district states on its website.

“The Surry Parent Academy … is designed to enhance student achievement through community support and parent and family engagement,” said the district. “SPA is driven by input gathered from parent and family surveys about what they need in order to become an integral part of the educational process.”

The school system described the purpose of the academy as “your one-stop resource for parent and family engagement. You may access specific program information here as well as retrieve information, resources, and modules to help support learning at home. SPA will help you become more engaged in the education of your child, which includes student achievement, social and emotional health and well-being, and college and career readiness.”

The academy offers 25 different sessions that parents can attend. Some couples split up at the fall event so they could cover more ground.

At the recent county Board of Education meeting, school personnel said that 13 of the sessions pertain to academics, while the other 12 dip into other aspects of child health and wellness.

While preparing for these spring events, school officials also beefed up their website, There is a course guide where parents can get detailed descriptions of the classes offered at the high schools so they can assist their kids in making schedule choices.

The curriculum and instruction page includes links to outside websites like the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, Learn NC, the N.C. Student Academy of Science and the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium.

The site also has a Parent heading at the top of the page which gives even more information, such as explaining school rules and policies, bad weather policies and school calendars.

The page goes further than just high school, however. The page covers all grades. For example, the Parent Connection page offers tips for elementary school parents about homework and child behavior.

For more information, see the district website,, or call the central office at (336) 386-8211.

By Jeff Linville

Reach Jeff at 415-4692.

Reach Jeff at 415-4692.

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