School Improvement Plan

School Improvement Plan (SIP) at a glance

End of Year SMARTR Outcome Math

90% of all ninth grade algebra I students will benchmark on the Algebra I SOL in May 2016.

Strategy 1

Increase intervention for struggling students

  • Maintain two resource sections for pull-out/small group work with students as scheduled/needed by classroom teachers
  • Strategically place students in Double Block and Algebra 1 Part 1 as needed
  • Utilize Monday afternoons, Saturday School, and math mentors/peer tutoring for all struggling students

Strategy 2

Standards-Based Grading

  • Implement remediation/retake policy for students to show mastery throughout the quarter
  • Administer homework quizzes to informally assess student knowledge/understanding before benchmark assessments
  • Administer and analyze common assessments throughout units and at quarter end

Strategy 3

Monitor student progress weekly

End-of-YearSMARTR Outcome Health and PE

80% of Level 1-3 ESOL students will achieve an 85% or higher on the Family Life Education/Personal Health FCPS Horizon Assessment by May of 2016.

Strategy 1

Increase Learn attendance when appropriate for ESOL students

Strategy 2

Collaborate with ESOL teachers to facilitate learning in both HPE and ESOL classroom

Strategy 3

Utilize FCPS ESOL resources on eCart in classroom instruction  

End of Year SMARTR Outcome Fine and Performing Arts

Retain 85% of students in sequential curriculum courses; along with identifying and including students that fall under the subgroups of ELP, ESOL, and Ethnicity.

Strategy 1

Utilize recruitment strategies to retain students in sequential programs. Programs that have middle school counterparts will work with their Pyramid to provide opportunities for students to learn about the high school programs (i.e. Pyramid Art Show, recruitment at the middle school in person, inviting students to attend performances, 8th Grade Band Night, etc.).

Strategy 2

Programs with entry-level courses at the high school will aim to retain students once they are enrolled by offering opportunities for growth (i.e. Guitar Ensemble performances which just began in 2014-2015).

Strategy 3

Demonstrate to the students the value of remaining in the program based on both intrinsic (having outlet, personal growth) and extrinsic (colleges seeing students’ ability to commit to a program and develop a skill) traits.

End-of-Year SMARTR Outcome Science

On the May/June score of common assessments, students will achieve a normalized gain improvement of .4 for Group 1 students, leading to higher pass rates for Group 1 on the SOL.

Strategy 1

Intervention for struggling students: remediation and reassessment

Strategy 2

Focus on reading to understand questions (qualitative and quantitative)

Strategy 3

Differentiation of higher level thinking skills: Focus on vocabulary and graphing skills  

End-of-Year SMARTR Outcome Social Studies

To increase the percentage of students earning letter grades A or B by 15% for a final course grade as compared with their 1st Quarter letter grades in World 2, World 2 Honors, Government, Government HN, US/VA History, US/VA Honors, IB History of the Americas, IB Topics in 20th Century History HL, and IB Topics in 20th Century History SL.

Strategy 1

Standards-based grading across all core Social Studies courses

Strategy 2

Collaborative, targeted interventions

Strategy 3

Vertically-articulated instruction of consistent skills  

End-of-Year SMARTR Outcome Student Services

At least 80% of 10th graders in Group 1 who are currently in English 10 HN and/or Government HN will take an honors or IB course in that discipline in the 2016-17 school year (to include IB English SL or HL, and IB Film SL or HL for English 10 HN students; and IB History of the Americas, US-VA History HN, IB Economics, IB Business, and IB Anthropology for Government HN students).

Strategy 1

Monitor grades and performance of Group 1 students in Eng. 10 HN and/or Government HN this year

Strategy 2

Individual counselor will meet with Group 1 students in March during 2016-17 course registration

Strategy 3

Final review of academic performance in Eng. 10/Gov’t HN at end of year to ensure appropriateness of taking another HN/IB course in discipline End-of-Year SMARTR Outcome World Languages

Using standards-based grading (SBG) in all French, Latin and Spanish curriculum teams, the percentage of students with As and Bs in Q1 will grow by 15% by the end of Q4. 100% of students with an A or B at Q1 will maintain their grade through Q4. 100% of students in the C, D and F range will improve their performance by a full letter grade by Q4.

Strategy 1

Increased quality intervention with students falling short on standards.

Strategy 2

Standards-based grading across Latin, French and Spanish

Strategy 3

Vertically-articulated instruction linked to developing skills necessary for IB assessment aims.  

End-of-Year SMARTR Outcome English

Students (in all English classes) will improve their ability to identify, understand, and apply aspects of writer’s choices as measured on common rubrics based on the VA SOL and IB rubrics. Progress will be measured using common rubrics using the relevant SOL or IB strand. (e.g. strands 9.4; 9.5)

Strategy 1

Students will work on skills such as: Identification of writers’ choices in all writing: tone, bias, purpose. Identification of common literary elements that all authors use: figurative language, narrative stance and point of view. Develop focused awareness of conventions of the genres: drama, novel, non-fiction, poetry, short story.

Strategy 2

Students will read, discuss, and/or present author’s choices within texts as well as demonstrate understanding through student writing.

Strategy 3

Students will evaluate exemplary writing and then collaborate to compare and contrast their work with these exemplars.

End of Year SMARTR Outcome Academy

Ninety percent of Academy students enrolled in a CTE courses and sitting for the Workplace Readiness Skills certification exam for the Commonwealth will pass and earn a credential for graduation

Strategy 1

Communication – Students will apply effective reading skills to acquire WRS knowledge and broaden their industry and career perspectives

Strategy 2

Collaboration – Students will demonstrate the ability to work interdependently within a group to promote learning, increase productivity, and achieve corporate goals

Strategy 3

Utilize eCart to access WRS resources developed by FCPS to inform classroom instruction