Is It Too Late For My Child To Pass?

Is It Too Late For My Child To Pass?

It’s the last few weeks of school and you’ve received a failure notice from your child’s school.

In the best of worlds, you would have known in October that your child was struggling to pass and would have hired a tutor or helped them yourself.  Unfortunately, it’s May now, and they’ve only got a few weeks to try to pass a class.

While it is always best to communicate with your child’s teachers at the start of the year and periodically throughout the year, it is not too late to make contact and see if your child has a fighting chance.  Follow these tips to determine whether your child can finish the year with credit.

1.  Don’t wait, call now.  Pick up the phone and call your child’s teacher.  Send an email in addition to the phone call.  Ask your child’s teacher if there is any work your child can turn in to bring up their grade.  Also, find out where your child went wrong.  It is rarely a teacher’s fault when a child fails.  Acknowledge your child’s responsibility for the work they owe while asking whether there are any assignments they can still turn in.

2.  Lazy or having trouble? Determine whether your child has been disorganized or lazy or if they are having trouble with the course content.  If it is a matter of your student not being organized or failing to do basic assignments, get them on track with an agenda book or planner.  If there are serious issues with understanding the course content, ask the teacher if he or she is available for tutoring or if student tutors are available.

3.  Create a back-up plan.  If it appears inevitable that your child is going to fail a subject or grade this year, you and your child should have a busy summer of academics ahead.  Find out what summer courses are available for your child to get back on track. Research shows that being held back or failing a class makes children feel demoralized and often leads to more failure.  Talk to your child’s school to determine what options exist to get them back on track once school starts again.

If this is the first time you find yourself in this position with your child, let it be the last.  You are the first line of defense in your child’s success or failure in school.  Create open lines of communication early on to ensure you are aware as soon as a problem arises.  It is much easier to help your child the sooner you know there is an issue.