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Accountability and flexibility are hallmarks of Gwinnett County Public Schools' success. Key to that success is ensuring that each school community understands the progress being made by its schools, as well as what plans will drive improvement. Each school creates a collaborative Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI) to increase student achievement results, with targeted goals based on the four strategic priorities within the district’s Blueprint for the Future: Empathy, Equity, Effectiveness, and Excellence. All schools across the district will focus on goals 2A- Multi-tiered Systems of Support and 2B- Opportunity and Access. Additionally, schools are required to select one goal from each of the other strategic priorities. LSPI goals are dynamic, like our schools, and are updated to reflect changes that occur in schools. Multiple data points are used to determine areas needing improvement and to identify specific, measurable, annual objectives. Schools then determine how to use research-based strategies to achieve these goals, using flexibility as needed. The LSPI development process involves teachers, parents, students, and community members, so the entire school community has the opportunity to be involved in conversations about school improvement.


2023 - 2024 Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI)

School: SOUTH GWINNETT HIGH           Principal: Rodney Jordan

District Strategic Priorities/Goals Rationale Action Steps
(Implementation Design)
How will you measure growth?
Growth Factors (Baseline & Targets)
Empathy 1.A - Cultural Competence

South Gwinnett High School is focused on promoting student and staff wellbeing, belonging, and engagement through positive relationships and a supportive learning environment, which aligns to Goal 1B in the Blueprint for the Future. 

  1. Staffing will include additional support staff to meet the needs of students and staff
    • Community social worker and school social worker on site
    • Additional counselor hired to lower case loads for counselors
    • Counselors relocated throughout the building for easier access and higher visibility for students and staff. 
  2. Student Well-Being and Student Voice
    • Provide students with support through SG local and GCPS mentoring programs.

  3. Student/Adult Connection
    • Plan faculty and staff competitions on DLD’s to build collegiality.

    • Offer students opportunities through activities such as advisement, clubs and organizations, and athletics in which they are able to positively express their social and emotional well being in a safe manner and environment.

  4. Staff Well-Being and Staff Voice
    • Create and maintain structures for teachers to provide suggestions and feedback.


Based on the ESS report provided, we will increase the way in which we communicate with all students and continue building a sense of community amongst their peers.

Survey Type Family Family
KPI Theme School District
Belonging 70.1 % 84.2%
Communication 69.3% 77.6%
Cultural Proficiency 76.2% 82.7%
Satisfaction 71.3% 84.4%
Translation 95.9% 94.6%
Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

South Gwinnett High School will expand its comprehensive framework to operationalize a multi-tiered system of supports to address academic and non-academic student needs and remove barriers to success.

  1. Academic Press

Comet Time Instructional Coach, counselor by alphabet to support 9th grade pilot for flex time 

  • Remediation
  • Enrichment 
  • Extra-curricular
  • Flex 9 to include peer tutoring or mentoring, among other things
  • Incorporating kid talks to 10-12 advisement
  • Academy based guidance and support
    • Collaborative Learning Team (CLT) work will have increase focus on small group Tier 1+ instruction. 
      • Bite-sized learning around small group instruction and effective learning targets
      • Data talks timing will be adjusted to focus on formative assessment data.
      • Summative data will be used to form Flex 9 reteaching and reassessment groups
      • Small group focus will be included on the eClass lesson plan template.
      • Monthly CLT's will be scheduled for "Looking at student Work" sessions.
  1. Supportive Community
    • Community Conversation over Coffee with community stakeholders, families, and students to address MTSS and answer inquiries.

Reduction of students performing in the beginning level of milestones assessments.

EOC Course 2022 % Beginning Goal 2023 P/D
Combined 24%  
American Literature 26%  
Algebra 1 47%  
Biology 36%  
US History 32%  


Increase for students on track for graduation based on core courses required for graduation from August to May

Students on Track (Cohorts 2023 - 2026) Goal: Students on Track (Cohorts 2024 - 2027)
*61% 90%

 *Based on GCPS cohort analyzer data

Reduce the number of exclusionary consequences to ensure students have access to high quality, direct instruction from certified teachers to the highest extent possible.

  2022-23 2023-24 Target
% ISS 9.96% 7%
%OSS 21.6% 19%
Tribunals 0.4% 0.3%


Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

South Gwinnett High School believes that when students are given support and enrichment to demonstrate mastery of academic knowledge and skills, each and every student will have opportunities to succeed.

  1. Increased participation in the Professional Learning Communities for teachers.
    • Tuning Tuesdays will be monthly meetings dedicated to professional development for teachers.
    • Collaborative Learning Teams weekly to review and ensure aligned AKS strategies to teach Tier I students.
      • Analyzing student work
      • Utilizing pacing calendar to stay on track
      • Lesson planning

Teacher surveys will be administered in the beginning, middle, and end of the school year to gage their understanding of the professional learning community.

Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

South Gwinnett High School will focus on high-quality Tier 1 instruction for all students while working to eliminate variance among classrooms to support all students in learning at high levels. 

  1. Collaborative Learning Team (CLT) work will be re-normed and have increase focus on Tier 1+ instruction.
    • CLT leads will map out CLT sessions for each unit to ensure the CLT work cycle is planned for.
    • Bite-sized learning around small group instruction and effective learning targets will be provided.
      • Peer classroom observations will be incorporated in the the professional development plan
    • Data talk protocol process and timing will be adjusted to focus on formative assessment data.
    • Summative data will be used to form Flex 9 reteaching and reassessment groups
    • Small group focus will be included on the eClass lesson plan template.
    • Monthly CLT's will be scheduled for "Looking at student Work" sessions.
    • Release time will be provided as needed to CLTs to plan for effective instruction.
  2. New Teachers will be supported through a variety of systems
    • Instructional coaching cycles will be completed with new and struggling teachers to support effectiveness and encourage self-reflection
    • New teacher induction meetings will focus on instructional strategies and pedagogy
    • New teachers will be provided effective mentors.
  3. In addition to GCPS professional development, South Gwinnett teachers will be provided a variety of professional development opportunities focused on supporting school-wide and district instructional initiatives.

Percentage of students scoring in the proficient (P) and distinguished (D) categories on EOC assessments.

EOC Course 2023 % P/D Goal 2024 P/D
American Literature 29%  
Algebra 1 20%  
Biology 39%  
US History 21%  


Excellence 4.B - Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

South Gwinnett High School will prepare each and every student for Post- secondary and workforce readiness so that they have multiple pathways to success based on their demonstrated knowledge, skills, abilities, and interests.

  1. Career Academy Model Implementation
    • School -wide Academy Reboot
    • Summer Internship Fair
    • Continue to increase AP Course Participation/Exam Preparation
    • Business and Community Partnership

    •  Computer Science for All Initiative (cyber-security, block-chain)
    • Develop a long term plan for managing career academies and CTE pathways. EOPA - End of Pathway Assessment Preparation
  2. In-house Work-Based-Learning opportunities including Creative Media Team and CSEC/Graphic Design to support school-based enterprises will be available to students.
    • Kid Talks to allow students to co-author course and career offerings (WBL, service learning, independent studying)

  3. A purposeful process for incorporating the "Portrait of a Comet" will be created by academy quads and co-authored by students for grades 9-12.

Increase the number of students completing a career pathway and passing the EOPA.

  2022-23 Goal: 2023-24
All Academies 390 430