SINGLE PLAN FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The mission of Golden Hill School K-8 is to create a learning environment where teachers, parents, students, and the community collaborate to develop children who are healthy, caring, responsible, lifelong learners and productive members of a diverse society. Our Single Plan for Student Achievement fulfills this goal by providing a culturally relevant environment that emphasizes learning and high expectations for all students. The School Site Council at Golden Hill, with input from all of our stakeholders, based the 2011-12 Single Plan for Student Achievement on an enrollment of 498 students. English Learners make up nearly 80% of the total school population. Golden Hill has identified English learning as a particular area in which our Single Plan for Student Achievement focuses resources to produce results. Our Single Plan for Student Achievement places special emphasis on funding Resource Teachers to support students in English language development through intensive, small group instruction. The majority of Golden Hill’s students in the early grades are English Learners, increasing our need to provide support for those students learning to speak, read and write in English.
PROCESS FOR MODIFYING THE SPSA
Our school site stakeholder group was comprised of the principal, Instructional Leadership Team members (ILT), grade level teachers, and three parent members of the SSC. We held several parent meetings in September and October 2011 to gather feedback on strategies recommended in the SPSA. Using student achievement data, feedback from parents, and lessons from last year, we developed a draft of our SPSA based on scientifically proven strategies to improve student achievement. Needs assessments, benchmark assessment analyses and a district-developed questionnaire also contributed to the active participation of all Golden Hill stakeholders.