Family involvement is a significant component in assuring that ASMS is a successful experience for each student. Parents provide security, love, values, and discipline for their student. The ASMS academic and residential programs will give the students opportunities, structure, and materials with which to learn and grow. Together, the faculty and staff work with parents to help students reach their highest potential. This is achieved by requiring a family commitment as part of the decision to attend and remain at ASMS. This commitment is enhanced by a continuing and good relationship with the home and the family.
Parents/legal guardians are fully responsible for the behavior and performance of their students while enrolled at ASMS. Important aspects of parental support include encouraging and enforcing appropriate student behavior, monitoring schoolwork and grades, and keeping up with school activities and information. Two-way communication between the school and home is critical to student success. ASMS will contact parents to keep them informed of their student’s progress and of school events. ASMS depends on parents to keep school administrators informed of issues and concerns of which they become aware.
The purpose of this section of the Handbook is to provide the expectations around the conduct of all parents and guardians connected to our school. These expectations help to clarify the types of behavior that will not be tolerated and seeks parental agreement to these expectations. These expectations also outline the actions the school can take should expectations be ignored. Families should realize that it is a privilege for students to attend ASMS, as students have a right to attend their county public schools. These Parent and Guardian Guidelines are an agreement between Parents/Guardians and ASMS. ASMS is committed to resolving difficulties in a constructive manner, through an open, honest, and positive dialogue. If parents have concerns about their student in relation to the school, they should:
- Initially contact the student’s teacher, hall staff, Academic Counselor, Office of Student Affairs, or Office of Academic Affairs.
- If the concern remains, they should contact the Director of Student Affairs or the Dean of Academics.
- If still unresolved, the Office of the President should be contacted.
- If still unresolved, follow grievance procedures outlined in this Handbook or on the school website.