How to Write a Teacher Request Letter for First Grade

Finding the right first-grade classroom can help your child flourish.

Writing a teacher request letter for a first-grade classroom allows you to advocate for your child. You can type a request in business letter format to ask for a principal’s consideration in placing your child in a particular learning environment or with a specific teacher. You must provide the principal with valid reasons for your request by correlating specific examples of your child’s learning style to the teaching style or desired learning environment you are requesting.

Type the teacher request letter for first grade in a business letter format to provide a formal and professional appearance.

Align the paragraph formatting to the left in the document. Type your return address. Skip one line. Type the date. Skip one line. Type the principal’s title (Mr., Ms., Mrs. or Dr.) and her last name. Type the school address under the principal’s name. Skip one line.

Write the title and last name of the principal, followed by a colon to create the letter salutation, such as, “Dear Mr. Brown:” and skip one line.

Introduce yourself in the first paragraph by stating your name and your relationship to the child who will be entering first grade. Include your child’s name, age, grade and current teacher in the first paragraph. For example, “My name is Jane Doe and I am the mother of John Doe, a 6-year-old student in Mrs. Green’s kindergarten class."

Explain a positive reason for why you are writing, such as, “I am writing to request your assistance in finding a first-grade learning environment suited to the needs of my child.” Add positive comments amount your child’s progress and your satisfaction with his kindergarten experience. Refrain from adding negative comments about your child, the school and specific teachers.

Explain your understanding of the school’s teacher-request policy in the second paragraph. For instance, “I understand that Grant Elementary School does not promote teacher requests from parents. With this in mind, I would like to describe the type of environment that my child excels in so that we can find the appropriate first-grade placement for him.”

Add a persuasive and fact-based reason in the third paragraph for requesting a specific teacher or type of first-grade classroom such as a gifted class or center-based learning class for your child.

Describe your child’s ability level, special needs such as disabilities or giftedness, and social adaptability or behavioral concerns that you feel the teacher or classroom can address and improve upon.

Skip one line. Thank the principal for his time and consideration concerning the matter. Add your contact information and ask the principal to contact you with any questions.

Skip one line. Write your closing as “Sincerely,” followed by a comma. Skip two lines and type your full name. Print the document and sign your signature between the closing and your typed name.

Place your teacher request letter in an envelope, seal the envelope and title it with the principal’s name. Leave your letter with the principal’s secretary or mail it to the principal.

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