- An average of 80.5% of students said their teachers provided "the level of support I need to be successful in my course" for subjects including language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and world languages.
- Regardless of relationships, most students (72%) say they are not able to choose which teachers they have for their classes.
Parent support is another key factor in student success. A large majority - nearly 80% - of students report that their parents encourage them to do their best. Only 10% of students say they do not get this basic level of academic support
• 54% of students said parents talked with them about their studies, but only 41% said their parents help them with homework
• Almost half of parents meet with their student's teachers, but only 43% attend school functions
Extra-curricular activities seemed to enhance relationships; 85% of students say they have plenty of opportunities for these activities, and nearly three-quarters of the students said they do participate in activities and school events with their friends
• 71% reported being involved in extra-curricular activities and 74% said if they had greater flexibility in scheduling, they could be involved in more
• Only a quarter of the students report they are involved in no activities and listed problems with their schedule or lack of interest as the most common reasons
"She is not just a teacher; she is someone who is there for you and who brightens your day." East Kentwood student
"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." Dan Rather, broadcast journalist
"She is not just a teacher; she is someone who is there for you and who brightens your day."
-- East Kentwood student
'We must value students, respect them...."
-- Kent ISD superintendent
"The guts of teaching is simple - it is the relationship between a teacher and a group of kids."
-- Professor Howard Willson, University of York
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