Strategic Plan


To prepare students for a lifetime of learning and responsible citizenship.



GOAL 1: Prepare all students for success in an ever-changing world

OBJECTIVE 1.1: Students will demonstrate mastery of core academic standards


1.1.1    Develop and implement a Common Core transition plan to make the instructional shifts necessary to teach the new standards

1.1.2    Clarify and share learning intentions and criteria for success with students

1.1.3    Differentiate instruction and provide immediate intervention and enrichment based on individual student needs

1.1.4    Monitor student mastery of academic standards and expand use of standards-based grading

1.1.5    Disaggregate and analyze formative and summative test data to monitor growth and determine areas for individual, group, school, and district improvement

1.1.6    Integrate Common Core literacy standards into all courses through exposure to content rich non-fiction text and by frequent practice using evidence from text in reading, writing, and speaking assignments

1.1.7    Integrate Common Core math standards into all courses with a focus on conceptual understanding of key concepts and a high degree of procedural skill, fluency, and application to real world situations

1.1.8    Integrate writing instruction into all courses that includes explicit strategies and intentional practice of analytical response to text

1.1.9    Equip schools with the technical capacity and resources to meet instructional and assessment needs



  • Percentage of students scoring proficient or above on state and national assessments
  • Student academic growth on state and national assessments
  • Percentage of students graduating high school in four years
  • Percentage of graduates who enroll in college in the fall after graduation 
  • Percentage of graduates who are enrolled in college one year after graduation

OBJECTIVE 1.2: Students will demonstrate rigorous and relevant learning beyond minimum requirements


1.2.1   Increase opportunities for students to engage in complex thinking and problem solving in real-world situations (Quadrant D Learning)

1.2.2   Expand the use of rubrics and other strategies to engage students in self-assessment

1.2.3   Increase opportunities for students to engage in the 4 C’s (creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration) by expanding STEM-focused elective courses and integrating STEM concepts throughout the curriculum

1.2.4   Increase student exposure to college level coursework and career-related focus areas.

1.2.5   Transform from a paper-based school environment to a primarily digital one (Digital Conversion)


  • Percentage of students scoring advanced on state and national assessments
  • Percentage of students that have met the ACT College Readiness benchmarks
  • Percentage of graduates earning at least four science credits
  • Number of Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered
  • Number of Advanced Placement exams taken and number scoring three or above
  • Percentage of students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses
  • Percentage of graduates leaving high school with at least three hours of college credit
  • Percentage of graduates leaving high school with at least twelve hours of college credit
  • Percentage of graduates earning three or more world language credits
  • Percentage of graduates offered merit scholarships and value of scholarships accepted

OBJECTIVE 1.3: Students will be motivated and committed to their learning, have a sense of belonging, and have supportive relationships


1.3.1   Enhance instruction through engaging strategies, interactive learning, and best practices of instructional technology

1.3.2   Create a safe and supportive environment where every student is supported by positive staff relationships

1.3.3   Activate students to take initiative, self-assess, and assume responsibility for their own learning

1.3.4   Offer and promote a variety of elective courses, after school activities, and intersession offerings that can enrich students’ educational and social experiences while supporting their talents and interests

1.3.5   Foster an environment where students share ideas, express concerns, and ask question

1.3.6   Encourage students to be instructional resources for one another


  • Percentage of teacher at expectations or above on the classroom environment domain of the teacher state evaluation model
  • Percentage of students indicating a positive relationship with a caring adult
  • Percentage of students indicating a family-friendly culture in their school
  • Percentage of students indicating that they are engaged in their learning

OBJECTIVE 1.4: Students will develop personal, social, service, and leadership skills and demonstrate positive behaviors and attitudes


1.4.1   Promote sound decision making and essential life skills through character development, fitness, health, and community service programs

1.4.2   Utilize community and business resources to offer unique learning opportunities such as job shadowing internships, career fairs, speaker’s bureau, and independent studies

1.4.3   Provide a variety of academic and behavioral support programs

1.4.4   Offer, promote and increase opportunities for student leadership programs in all schools

1.4.5   Promote environmental awareness and stewardship


  • Percentage of students and parents indicating a strong character development program at the school
  • Percentage of students participating in service-learning opportunities and community involvement
  • Percentage of students participating in fitness and health oriented programming
  • Number of student incidences of conflict
  • Number of students participating in job shadowing, apprenticeships, or internships

GOAL 2: Build a team of high-quality teachers and support staff

OBJECTIVE 2.1: All staff will effectively employ best practices and innovative next practices to maximize student learning


2.1.1   Provide high quality professional development that meets the needs of the individual employee

2.1.2   Increase administrator, teacher, and support staff effectiveness by providing meaningful and ongoing performance feedback, building on strengths and addressing challenges

2.1.3   Build professional learning communities to promote continuous improvement and a culture of openness to inquiry and change

2.1.4   Develop a system for utilizing instructional coaches to improve teacher effectiveness

2.1.5   Develop meaningful opportunities for teachers to serve in leadership roles and build strong leadership teams at the school level that include teacher leaders

2.1.6   Support teachers through in depth training and meaningful collaboration as they make the instructional shifts necessary to teach the Common Core curriculum standards in reading and mathematics


  • Percentage of teachers indicating participation in high quality staff development
  • Percentage of teachers and administrators rated as “meets expectations” or above on the teacher state evaluation model
  • Percentage of teachers showing an improved rating on the state evaluation scale
  • Percentage of teachers indicating a high level of collaboration among colleagues
  • Percentage of parents indicating satisfaction with their child’s teachers and support staff
  • Percentage of students indicating satisfaction with their teachers and support staff
  • Percentage of teachers who indicate serving in formal leadership roles

OBJECTIVE 2.2: Attract and retain high performing professionals by providing competitive compensation and a supportive environment


2.2.1   Conduct salary and benefits studies to prioritize funding needs

2.2.2   Explore differential pay options such as pay for performance or hard to staff positions

2.2.3   Provide school level structures and support such as mentoring and coaching

2.2.4   Celebrate and recognize school, staff, and student successes

2.2.5   Promote work-life balance and wellness in our employee community


  • Percentage teacher compensation is above the average of similar city school districts in the state
  • Percentage of teachers and support staff indicating there is an atmosphere of trust and respect at their school
  • Percentage of first and second year teachers indicating they were adequately supported through mentoring and professional development

GOAL 3: Develop meaningful alliances in support of education and educational opportunities

OBJECTIVE 3.1: Create an effective two-way communication network that involves all stakeholders and builds trust and support


3.1.1   Expand opportunities for meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders

3.1.2   Update minimum website requirements and monitor for compliance

3.1.3   Use internal and external communication tools to facilitate better understanding of successes and challenges

3.1.4   Expand formal district and school partnerships that support and enrich educational programs


  • Percentage of parents rating two-way communication as effective
  • Percentage of parents indicating they receive adequate information about their child’s progress
  • Percentage of parents indicating they are informed about activities and events in the school
  • Percentage of parents indicating school and district websites are current and helpful

OBJECTIVE 3.2: Maximize parent and volunteer involvement by cultivating a family-friendly environment throughout the school community


3.2.1   Facilitate professional development opportunities for front-office staff in support of a family-friendly culture in all schools

3.2.2   Cultivate a school climate where parents feel encouraged to share ideas, express concerns, and ask questions

3.2.3   Develop an annual communication plan that seeks to engage parents through support systems at home, as well as volunteer and leadership opportunities at school

3.2.4   Develop school and teacher web pages to include resources for continued learning at home, including opportunities for parental involvement

3.2.5   Tap-in to parent/volunteer skills by assessing their interests and creating opportunities for both collaboration and personal engagement

3.2.6   Provide parents with tools and information that promote personal engagement in their student’s academic success


  • Percentage of parents indicating that the adults in their child’s school care about the well-being of their child
  • Percentage of parents indicating they are treated courteously when they visit or call their child’s school
  • Percentage of parents indicating that their child’s school administrators are approachable and helpful
  • Percentage of parents indicating there is an atmosphere of trust and respect at their child’s school
  • Percentage of parents indicating that their child’s school is receptive to ideas and concerns from parents
  • Percentage of parents indicating their child’s school actively seeks the participation of parents
  • Percentage of students indicating at least one of their parents volunteered at a school or school function at least once in this school year
  • Percentage of students indicating their parents are engaged in their education