Alexandria City Public Schools Strategic Plan 2010-2015
Adopted by the Alexandria City School Board, March 19, 2009
Set the international standard for educational excellence, where all students achieve their potential and actively contribute to our local and global communities.
Provide the environment, resources, and commitment to ensure that each and every student succeeds — academically, emotionally, physically, and socially.
We Believe In Educational Excellence
- Every child deserves a healthy, safe, engaging, supportive and challenging learning environment.
- All students shall be prepared as life long learners for career, college and civic responsibilities.
- Educational programs must promote creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, and international understanding so our graduates can succeed in a global economy.
- We recruit, develop and retain only effective and dedicated administrators, teachers and staff.
We Believe In Higher Achievement for All
- Each and every student can learn.
- Students will show respect and responsibility for oneself and others, and shall become self-reliant advocates for their learning.
- Educational outcomes are not presumed by income, race, disability, gender, language or family background.
- We value, respect and embrace diversity and have high expectations of all students and employees.
- We strive to diversify our staff to reflect varied cultural backgrounds and serve as positive role models for our students.
We Believe In A Culture of Collaboration
- Home, school and community all play a vital role in student success.
- We reach out to community stakeholders.
- By working together, teachers and staff model collaborative behavior and improve the quality of learning for all students.
We Believe In Continuous Improvement and Accountability
- Educational program decisions are based on research-proven best practices.
- We encourage and nurture innovative educational and business methods.
- All decisions are transparent, fair, consistent, professional and evidence-based.
- We set clear, actionable goals and measure, publicize and take responsibility for our results.
- We are fiscally responsible and use resources efficiently and strategically.
We Believe In Environmental Stewardship
- A healthy environment is critical to our future.
- We think green, build green, teach green, and live green.
Equity and Excellence: Every student prepared for college, work and life.
Each student, with support for their unique circumstances, will graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills necessary for higher education, multiple career paths and active citizenship.
- Ensure all students demonstrate significant academic growth, and dramatically improve achievement outcomes for students below grade level.
- Provide a rigorous, relevant, and internationally benchmarked education to enable all students to succeed as citizens in the global community.
- Create an exceptional learning environment.
- Implement a focused, transparent governance model that incorporates effective communication and evidence-based decision making.
- Provide clean, safe and conducive learning environments that utilize best practices for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
1. Ensure all students demonstrate significant academic growth, and dramatically improve achievement outcomes for students below grade level.
- Eliminate academic achievement differences among race, income, disability and language subgroups.
- Demonstrate every student achieves at least one year of academic progress annually in reading, writing and math and greater than one year for any student below grade level.
- Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive and coordinated model that provides quality pre-K experiences for all 4 year olds in the City of Alexandria.
- Ensure every secondary student has a comprehensive plan for success and is equipped with the tools necessary to achieve their goals upon high school graduation.
- Establish a division wide program to empower parents to be supportive and informed advocates for their children.
- Ensure 100% compliance with the implementation of Individualized Education Programs as written and maintain compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.
- Create or expand alternative education strategies and programs that will minimize out of school suspensions and improve the graduation rate.
- Create effective partnerships to encourage a sense of community ownership of our schools and to support the development of the academic, social, physical and emotional needs of students.
2. Provide a rigorous, relevant, and internationally benchmarked education to enable all students to succeed as citizens in the global community.
- Develop an adaptable curriculum appropriate for the changing needs of society that addresses 21st century skills, including creativity, higher order thinking skills and project based learning.
- Create a vertically aligned preK-12 ACPS curriculum which exceeds state standards and identifies appropriate international benchmarks and assessments.
- Ensure every child is challenged and engaged with school experiences responsive to each student's talent and interests.
- Increase participation and successful completion of Advanced Placement, honors, world language, advanced math, and science courses.
- Provide opportunities to develop civic responsibility through community service projects; encourage participation in team sports, internships and after school enrichment activities.
- Promote excellence and increase participation in the fine arts and career and technical education (CTE) courses.
- Implement at each school, an exemplary educational program that enhances the curriculum and meets the needs of the students.
- Institute a consistent, division-wide approach to help students develop positive relationships, show respect and responsibility and become self-reliant advocates for their learning.
3. Create an exceptional learning environment.
- Recruit, retain and develop superior staff.
- Achieve cultural competence for all staff with diversity training that incorporates awareness, understanding, high expectations and appropriate instruction for all students
- Foster collaboration and shared responsibility for student development and achievement with all members of the school community.
- Ensure every student has a responsible adult advocate, mentor, or advisor.
4. Implement a focused, transparent governance model which incorporates effective communication and evidence-based decision making.
- Develop and revise policies to ensure effective governance, continuous improvement and accountability.
- Ensure prudent financial stewardship and resources necessary to achieve the strategic plan.
- Implement an internationally recognized assessment to measure performance management and leadership excellence.
5. Provide clean, safe and conducive learning environments that utilize best practices for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
- Integrate environmental stewardship throughout the curriculum, as well as facility design, construction and operations.
- Collaborate with the City of Alexandria to achieve the Eco-City vision.
Thank you to the following individuals and organizations that participated in the strategic team meetings and provided significant contributions to the final plan. Their innovative ideas, thoughtful insight and valuable feedback were instrumental throughout the process.
|Rudy Abate||High School — Student Council Association|
|Anne Marie Baker||Plexus Consulting Group Facilitator|
|Michele Brandon||Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee|
|Lillian Brooks||Alexandria Court Services|
|James Butler||Alexandria Federation of Civic Associations|
|Margaret Byess||Assistant Superintendent for Finance|
|Bill Campbell||Parents and Teachers Association (elementary school)|
|Ronnie Campbell||School Board Member|
|Eileen Cassidy-Rivera||School Board Member|
|Vickie Cattaneo||Parents and Teachers Association (high school)|
|George Chadwick||Alexandria Arts Forum|
|John Chapman||Alexandria Youth Policy Commission|
|Francis M. Chase, Sr.||Education Association of Alexandria (elementary school)|
|Debra Collins||Alexandria City Manager's Staff|
|Sally Craft||Urban League Northern Virginia|
|Sybil Currie-Boyd||Education Association of Alexandria (middle school)|
|Cathy David||Deputy Superintendent|
|Sherry Delaney||Talented and Gifted Advisory Committee|
|Rick Dorman||Alexandria Chamber of Commerce|
|Mark Eisenhour||Administrator (high school)|
|Maribel Enriquez||Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Latino Student Achievement|
|Dawn Feltman||Administrator (elementary school)|
|Yvonne Folkerts||School Board Member|
|Mary Gaddis||Education Association of Alexandria (support staff)|
|Sheryl Gorsuch||School Board Member|
|Jay Grymes||Assistant Superintendent for Federal and State Programs|
|Jonathan Gueverra||Northern Virginia Community College|
|Pat Hennig||Substance Abuse Education and Violence Prevention Advisory Committee|
|Madye Henson||Superintendent's Advisory Committees on African American Student Achievement|
|Theresa Hernandez||Family Life Education Advisory Committee|
|Janice Howard||National Association for the Advancement of Colored People — Alexandria Branch|
|Karen Hughes||Rotary Club of Alexandria|
|Robin Jamison-Moorer||Education Association of Alexandria (high school)|
|Jennifer Jones||Plexus Consulting Group Facilitator|
|Amanda Karkhoff||Student Health Advisory Board|
|Kostas Liopiros||Alexandria Information Technology Commission|
|Blanche Maness||School Board Member|
|Sean McEnearney||Alexandria Early Childhood Commission|
|Scott Newsham||School Board Member|
|Crystal Olguin||Plexus Consulting Group Facilitator|
|Arthur Peabody||School Board Member|
|Jennifer Pflasterer||Plexus Consulting Group Facilitator|
|Shainada Philips||High School — Senior Class|
|John Porter||Assistant Superintendent for Planning and Operations|
|Carlyle Ring||Former Alexandria School Board Chairs|
|Joseph Shumard||School Board Budget Advisory Committee|
|Garry Steele||Administrator (middle school)|
|Sandra Strachan-Vieira||Special Education Advisory Committee|
|Evelyn Urrutia||Tenants and Workers United|
|Marc Williams||School Board Member|
|Charles Wilson||School Board Member|
|Margaret Wohler||Alexandria Arts Commission|
|Steven M. Worth||Plexus Consulting Group Facilitator|
|Jeff Zack||Parents and Teachers Association (middle school)|
|Ruth Dinzey||Tenants and Workers United|
|Carol Farrell||Alexandria Early Childhood Commission/City Manager|
|Ron Frazier||Alexandria Youth Policy Commission/City Manager|
|Marianne Hetzer||Parents and Teachers Association|
|Maureen Leary||Alexandria Early Childhood Commission|
|Ron Lemley||Alexandria Court Services|
|Janice McLaury||Parents and Teachers Association|
|Gina Miller||Education Association of Alexandria (elementary school)|
|Nichole Ronerson||Education Association of Alexandria (support staff)|
|Cathy Santiago||Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Latino Student Achievement|
|Sara Schaefer||Administrator (middle school)|
|Mpho Tutu||Talented and Gifted Advisory Committee|