Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education


Sernak, Kathleen


Community and school; Education, Elementary--Parent participation


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this project was to investigate the attitudes and perceptions of the school, family members, and local community agencies and organizations concerning the development of a school-family-community partnership. The project centered on a needs assessment for the West Avenue School in reference to parental and community involvement. The views of 15 teachers, 79 parents, and 3 community agencies were studied through questionnaires. Teachers expressed a desire for more parental involvement in their child's education, but would like no interference in the area of classroom management. Parents expressed an interest in taking a more active role in the overall operation of the school, and would like to receive training on how to help students at home. The community agencies also expressed an interest in participating by providing the school with valuable resources.

The study underscores parents' and community members desire for more voice in the school. Parents and community are eager for a forum in which to be heard and want a hand in the policies that affect the roles they play in the educational process. It is also identifies the climate of the school as a necessary ingredient to making the partnership effective.