we are Parents
"Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated learners and involved parents with high expectations."
— Bob Beauprez
Welcome to ACLC!
As the parent of an ACLC learner, your involvement can make all the difference to your child's educational experience, as well as the experience of our entire learning community. Parents, along with learners and facilitators, are essential to the valuable educational milieu on which ACLC's reputation has been built. Two decades of involvement by members of this community has created something unique and powerful. Your participation helps maintain that tradition.
Parent Action Committee (PAC)
PAC is the ACLC version of a PTA, but there are no dues and no application for membership. As a parent of an ACLC learner, you are automatically a PAC member. PAC keeps parents in touch with each other and the school. We create community. We support learners. We promote parent involvement. We organize events.
Creative Community Education Foundation (CCEF)
CCEF is the non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports vital academic and enrichment programs at ACLC. Board members include ACLC parents, facilitators, and learners.
Parent Participation Guidelines (from the ACLC School Charter)
The ACLC will promote effective communication between parents and facilitators, the Lead Facilitator, and counselors by involving parents in two parent driven organizations, the Parent Action Committee (PAC) and the Creative Community Education Foundation (CCEF). Parent involvement will be crucial to the operation of ACLC.
In 2001, the ACLC parent community created a 501(c)(3), the Creative Community Education Foundation (CCEF), to support the vision of ACLC. The CCEF welcomes parents from ACLC to support and fundraise for ACLC. Also, parents will serve on the school’s Governing Board, governing committees, the CCEF Board of Directors, and the Parent Action Committee.
A new PAC will be formed specifically for ACLC to organize the parents to provide leadership for lunch programs, new parent mentoring, volunteer tutoring, planning the graduation event, support for sports teams and other extra curricular activities and field trip programs. Parents will also serve on the WASC Focus on Learning Committees.
Additionally, the school will hold an annual Parent Convention to solicit parent voice and input. Families of experienced learners at ACLC will offer mentoring to new learner families and a variety of parent taught or sponsored courses and workshops will be offered after school, such as UC college application workshops, art enrichment programs, etc. Parents will also assist in lunchtime supervision so that the ACLC Center may remain open throughout the day.
Parents will convene regularly in both formal and informal meetings to share information and discuss their learners’ progress toward achieving the ACLC vision.