The application submission period is now closed. Applications will be accepted again for the 2021-2023 third cohort of schools at a later date.
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Why Create A Family-Friendly Partnership School?
According to the book Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide for Family-School Partnerships by Anne Henderson, Karen Mapp, Vivian Johnson, and Don Davies (2007) welcoming environments provide parents with a reciprocal relationship where not only do they feel that they belong to the school, but also the school belongs to them. Therefore, this sense of belonging motivates parents to be more active in their children’s education, which in turn ultimately has a positive impact on student achievement!
What Are Georgia’s Virtual Family-Friendly Partnership Schools?
To help schools, families, and communities work together in creating a Family-Friendly Partnership School, the Georgia Department of Education created Georgia’s Virtual Family-Friendly Partnership Schools. Georgia’s Virtual Family-Friendly Partnership Schools takes viewers on a virtual journey of an elementary and a middle-high school to show what makes a school family-friendly.
The intended audience includes educational leaders, teachers, school staff, parents, community organizations, and local business partners. Click on the handout materials on this webpage as a supplemental tool for building family-friendly schools.
To view Georgia's Virtual Family-Friendly Partnership Schools and begin your virtual tours, please click on the button below to download the program to your computer.
If you have trouble downloading the program to your computer, contact your Information Technology Specialist.
Although the Georgia Virtual Family-Friendly Partnership Schools Program (hereinafter “Program”) is intended for public use, the Georgia Department of Education reserves all rights to the information, materials, graphics or logos appearing in this program. These materials are protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws.
Requests for permission to reproduce or distribute the Program should be sent to: Director of Legal Services, 2052 Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE, Atlanta, GA 30334.
If referencing the Georgia Virtual Family-Friendly Partnership Schools Program in printed materials, please cite as: Georgia Department of Education. (2010). Georgia Virtual Family-Friendly Partnership Schools. [Computer software]. Atlanta, GA: Engauge. Retrieved (date).