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Monrovia Unified Offers Parent Learning Courses in College Admissions Requirements

“I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t know anything about what courses to take or how to pay for it,” said Olmos, whose 10th grade daughter, Desiree, aspires to be a first-generation college student at Stanford Medical school. “The PIQE program has taught me what I need to know so that my children can have the opportunity I wasn’t able to have for myself.”
Olmos was one of 37 Monrovia High PIQE graduates celebrated in a Nov. 27 ceremony as their children came to cheer them on.
“Our students are most successful when we approach education not just for them, but also when we look at how we can educate those around them,” Monrovia High School Principal Kirk McGinnis explained.
Monrovia Unified offers PIQE classes to parents of elementary, middle, and high school students.  At the high school level, parents learn about California Standards, the importance of GPA and how to motivate their students to improve academic performance. Workshops for elementary and middle school parents include positive discipline techniques that encourage academic achievement and how to prepare for teacher conferences.
Workshops provide a platform for parents to participate in open discussions and to receive advice from their peers and PIQE mentors. The program is offered in the mornings and evenings, with classes taught in Spanish and English.
“My mom is very busy, so it means a lot to me that she took the time to attend these classes that I know will help me in the long run to push harder and really apply myself,” Desiree Olmos said.
PIQE graduates are eligible to enroll in the second year of the program, which includes workshops that focus on leadership and provides more in-depth information on the topics explored in the first series.
After successfully piloting the program at one school in 2015-16, Monrovia Unified now offers PIQE at all District sites.
“Parent engagement through programs like PIQE is a strong demonstration of our community’s commitment to our students’ education,” Superintendent Dr. Katherine Thorossian said. “Empowering our parents through education is incredibly beneficial for our students. We offer parents the opportunity to participate in this valuable program every year, and they should contact their child’s school for more information on how to enroll.”