PIQE program empowers local parents and students

Posted at 5:58 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 20:58:16-04

SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Dozens of parents from Sunset Elementary School in San Ysidro graduated Wednesday from a program that empowers them to be involved in their child's education.

The program is called Parent Engagement in Education Program. It's a part of PIQE, the Parent Institute for Quality Education. PIQE teaches parents to stay involved in their children's education. It helps them create a homework structure at home and helps parents teach their children self-confidence. 

Research shows that by 8th grade more than 40% of African American and Hispanic students will score "below basic" in math and reading and 50% will drop out of high school. 

A study by San Diego State found that 93% of PIQE students graduated from high school. 

The program is free and is offered quarterly at different schools within the district.