Student and Parent Responsibilities
Much of the responsibility for obtaining an education at Oak Park and River Forest High School belongs to the student. If you are a student, you are expected to assume the following responsibilities:
- Establish and maintain good communication with your teachers; speak up and make teachers aware when you do not understand; seek help when needed; be alert to academic expectations; show a genuine interest in your work.
- Be punctual and regular in attendance to all classes and commitments.
- Budget your time and complete all assignments.
- Eat balanced meals and get at least eight hours of sleep on nights preceding school days.
- Become familiar with the school’s dress and behavior expectations and comply with all school regulations.
- Become familiar with the school’s graduation requirements and the admission and graduation requirements for the college of your choice. Become cognizant of the advance preparation required for a desired job.
- Be aware of your academic progress; keep abreast of your progress in each class; be alert to the credits earned and those that must be earned to satisfy graduation requirements.
- Keep yourself and your parents aware of all important dates; be alert to PLAN, PSAT/NMSQT, PARCC, AP, ACT, and SAT registration and testing dates; be informed of all meetings related to college planning and financial aid.
- Maintain an accurate perception of the roles that success and failure play in your life. Recognize that you learn from your failures as well as your successes.
- Become aware of your personal strengths and weaknesses. Take full advantage of your strengths and strive to remedy weaknesses.
- Set realistic and challenging goals and strive to exceed your personal limitations.
- Regularly assess your progress toward personal goals. Involve others in the assessment process.
- Become actively involved in school. Support school activities as a participant and as a fan.
- Promote and maintain a healthy family relationship. Involve your family in your experiences and in your plan for success.
Parents are also expected to assume responsibilities for the education of their students. If you are a parent/guardian of an OPRFHS student, you are expected to assume the following responsibilities:
- Provide a quiet study area in the home.
- Discuss work that is being done in classes and follow up to see that all assignments are completed. Use the Skyward Parent Access portal to stay abreast of your student's progress in each course.
- Communicate a genuine interest in schoolwork and assist with drill and practice whenever possible.
- Insist on punctual and regular attendance to school and to all classes and study halls during the school day.
- Refrain from scheduling family trips and other events that interfere with school.
- Notify the school on the day of the absence if an emergency necessitates a full or partial day of absence.
- Ensure that your student gets balanced meals and sufficient rest.
- Establish and maintain good communication with your student’s teachers and counselor; keep abreast of your student’s progress; share your student’s strengths and weaknesses; solicit the teachers’ help whenever there is a problem.
- Assist your student in developing a realistic concept of success and failure.
- Assist your student in recognizing his or her strengths and weaknesses.
- Assist your student in setting realistic and challenging goals.
- Assist your student in assessing his or her progress in attaining these goals.
- Encourage your student to strive to build upon strengths, to remedy weaknesses, and to overcome personal limitations.
- Provide constant support and appropriate recognition for your student’s efforts and accomplishments.
- Become acquainted with your student’s friends and their families.
- Encourage your student to become actively involved in curricular and co-curricular activities.
- Serve as a role model by attending and supporting school activities.