School District Launches New Parent University
Starting this month, the Placentia-Yorba
School District is launching a “Parent University,”
offering an array of classes that parents voted as their favorite.
“Navigating Middle School” and “Addressing Bullying” are a
few of the classes offered. To see the full list of classes, visit the Parent University
page on the left hand side of the district’s website at www.pylusd.org.
All of the classes are offered by teachers, police officers
or experts in their respective fields. Spanish translators are also available,
if requested ahead of time via the website registration. The Parent University
page on the website also includes links to resources as well as suggested
reading for parents and students to learn more information about specific
The idea for a Parent
University emerged out of
the district’s five year strategic plan, which is called the “PYLUSD
Advantage.” One of the initiatives in the plan calls for creating a
comprehensive parent education program that provides essential tools to address
today’s dynamic and complex environment that families face. Charged with the opportunity,
district staff surveyed parents this past spring.
“We wanted to build Parent University
around topics that are the most important for today’s parents,” said
Superintendent Doug Domene, Ed.D. “The best people to tell us what’s most
important to them are parents themselves.”
The four main topics that floated to the top of parents’ interest,
according to the survey, were: Navigating the College System, Student
Academics, Parent Support, and Student Safety. Classes focused on these central
Throughout the year, new classes will be added and posted on
the district’s website.