The Seton Hall Prep Guidance Department believes that the education of our students is a joint responsibility—one we share with parents and the school community. Mutual cooperation is beneficial to the education of all our students.
One of the most important elements of that cooperation is a strong program of communication between home and school, one that is effective, is ongoing, and encouraging of a parent's involvement in his/her son's education. As a student’s first teacher, a parent may be aware of special needs, problems, abilities and talents that the child possesses; this information is important for his academic success.
To keep parents aware of their son's progress at Seton Hall Prep, we have established various channels of communication. The shp.org website and Student Handbook have the phone extensions of all appropriate offices and personnel. Each faculty member has an email which is comprised of their "first initial+last email@example.com (ie. john smith would be firstname.lastname@example.org). A calendar is posted and continually updated on the school website. Report cards are posted three times during the school year and grades are continually updated on NetClassroom. Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice a year, and a Freshman Parent Back-to-School-Night is held in late September so parents and teachers can put names and faces together.
In most situations, if parents have a concern regarding their son, the first contact should be with his guidance counselor. Every effort should be made to have the student address the situation with his counselor. We encourage parents to recommend that students do so. Counselors should be viewed as a source of support, student-related information and the primary channel for communication. However, if your concerns relate to your son’s progress in a subject specific area, please reach out to the appropriate teacher while keeping guidance apprised of the situation. While it is often human nature to seek out the highest authority to solve one’s problem, the simplest and most direct way is to start with the guidance counselor or teacher.
If parents desire a conference with a teacher, they should e-mail that teacher to set up a mutually agreeable time to meet. Very often an e-mail exchange or phone call can substitute for a face-to-face meeting, especially if the issue is not a very serious one. Please do not arrive at school without an appointment and expect to receive the same courtesies accorded to someone who had arranged for a meeting.
We encourage every student to get phone numbers from other students in their classes. When a student is absent for one or two days, he should call classmates or contact teachers via email for missed assignments. If the illness calls for a lengthier absence, call the counselor and he will get missed assignments from each teacher. We encourage students and parents to e-mail teachers for assignments and to check out www.shp.org for class activities and to keep abreast of what’s going on in each class. Home instruction is also available in cases of long-term illnesses.
Seton Hall Prep parents should encourage their sons to become advocates for themselves. The mutual goal of parents and school personnel is to support the student in becoming a fully independent learner as he moves through his high school years.