The Theme School in Newton County provides school choice within the Newton County School System. In order to be a part of Newton County Theme School, students and parents must make a commitment to adhere to the Theme School contract. This contract includes items such as following a uniform code of dress, an emphasis on increased behavioral expectations and parental reinforcement of the instructional program. Parents are a vital part of the Theme School and are required to contribute 20 hours of volunteer service per school year. These hours do not necessarily need to be completed during school hours and therefore no parent is excluded because of work schedules. In addition to the volunteer hours, parents are expected to partner with the school, ultimately strengthening the educational environment. This home-school partnership includes attending PTO meetings and parent teacher conferences as well as assurance that all homework and projects are completed on time and students are reading daily as required for homework and for sharpening reading skills. During the summer months parents see that children are reading everyday and reviewing mathematical concepts and facts so that gains made during the academic school year are not lost.