Investments and Interventions
To achieve our vision of a great school close to where every student lives, we know some schools need more support so that children can have the learning opportunities they deserve. Through the System of Great Schools (SGS) process, we are able to bring those additional supports to schools with the goal of improving school quality faster.
Each year, the District reviews performance at all schools and, based on this data, selects a set of schools to prioritize. To better understand individual school needs, central office and the school community work together to gather information on school strengths, challenges, and ways to improve. Schools that have been identified for more funding and support are referred to as focus schools.
What defines a focus school?
Schools are designated as focus schools because they meet three basic criteria:
- The School Progress Report score (SPR) for the school has been in the lowest performance tier – Intervene – for three consecutive years.
- The three year SPR average for the school is less than or equal to 15 out of 100.
- The school does not already have a major intervention in place (such as the Acceleration Network, School Redesign Initiative, etc…)
How to Get Involved if this Affects your School
The District works with each school community to identify their school’s biggest strengths and needs. This community input helps the District determine what kinds of funding and support will make the biggest impact on school performance for students. We want your help.
Each school hosted a community kickoff meeting in September to share details on the process and opportunities to provide feedback. A summary session for each school will be held in November after information has been gathered and school communities have had an opportunity to give feedback.
How did we do?
Our office is always looking to improve the SGS process for focus schools. Each year we improve the process based in large part on the feedback we receive from those who participated closely in the process. Please provide your feedback on the following topics: communication, collaboration, data and information, and high-quality products. You can take our survey here. All responses to the survey will be anonymous.