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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: SYCAMORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL           Principal: Kelly Scarborough

District Strategic Priorities/Goals Rationale Action Steps
(Implementation Design)
How will you measure growth?
Growth Factors (Baseline & Targets)
Empathy 1.B - Staff and Student Well Being

Continue efforts to build an intentional, well-established, exemplary social and emotional learning (SEL) program that strategically provides cross-divisional support coupled with robust professional learning and resources for staff, students, and families.


  1. SEL Lessons taught in Advisement, Classroom Meeting
  2. SEL professional learning integrated into the local school PD plan for culture building
  3. Restorative Practices integrated into the local school PD plan for culture building and practiced for skill development and refinement.
  4. Streamlined work and roles between SEL, Restorative Practices, and PBIS and consolidation of supportive community teams guided by the Office of Behavior Support & Interventions and the Office of SEL
  5. Clubs for All

Sense of Belonging- EES Survey

Student: "In my school, I feel that I belong to a group of friends."

Baseline: 84%

2024 Target: 90%

Staff: "Our staff can count on one another for help when needed."

Baseline: 92%

2024 Target: 95%

Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

Implement a comprehensive framework to fully operationalize a multi-tiered system of supports to address academic and non-academic student needs and remove barriers to success. 

  1. Implement EL Curriculum with fidelity in kindergarten through fifth grade. 
  2. Deconstruct and analyze new math standards in kindergarten through fifth grade.
  3. Continued PBIS implementation.
  4. Utilize peer observations, classroom walkthroughs, and feedback (informal and formal) to enhance and monitor Tier 1 instruction.
  5. Integration of Tier 1 Restorative Practices Strategies. 
  6. Student profile sheets will be used to track individual student social and academic progress. 
  7. Increase opportunities for small group, targeted instruction which supports the effective implementation of the MTSS process and/or provide additional interventions and supports to students.

Sycamore ES will decrease the percentage of students scoring at the beginning level on the Georgia Milestones by 5% in ELA and math. 


Subject 2022 Baseline 2023 Target
3rd ELA 31% 26%
3rd Math 17% 12%
4th ELA 28% 23%
4th Math 19% 14%
5th ELA 34% 29%
5th Math 32% 27%
Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Reduce disruptions to learning resulting from exclusionary discipline actions (in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and alternative placements) by implementing evidence-based strategies (e.g., restorative practices and PBIS). 

  1. Restorative Practices Team trained in Restorative Practices
  2. Restorative Practices Team redelivering training to the whole staff.
  3. New Teacher Orientation, mentoring, and ongoing professional learning to support effective classroom strategies. 
  4. Working collaboratively with the Office of Behavior Support & Interventions and the Office of SEL.
  5. Monitoring Behavior through the counselors, including attendance and discpline small groups.

Survey from staff after Restorative Practices training to gather feedback on effectiveness

Observation of Restorative practices in classrooms

Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

The Local School Plan of Improvement (LSPI) framework will be utilized to reflect expectations for both academic press and supportive community for schools. 

  1. Sycamore will implement a Collaborative Learning Time (CLT) three days a week. The format will be Monday (Mathematics), Tuesday (EL Education), and Wednesday (data digs, student talks, review LSPI game plan)
  2. Each teacher will create an LSPI game plan. This game plan will align the goal of each LSPI priority to teacher actions. 
  3. Each student will complete the iReady Universal Screener three times a year. This data will be used to monitor growth and make instructional decisions.
  4. Student profile sheets will be reviewed quarterly to monitor student growth, make data decision based instructional moves, such as tiered support and interventions. 

BOY CLT Rubric

Area K 1 2 3 4 5
Team Accountability 12/20 12/20 14/20 12/20 10/20 12/20
Team Norms 15/25 15/25 19/25 13/25 13/25 15/25
Team CQI 18/30 18/30 20/30 20/30 16/30 16/30
Total 62/100 60/100 72/100 62/100 52/100 56/100

The CLT rubric will be compared from the BOY to the EOY. The school will move one level per area. 

Excellence 4.C - World-Class Communication and Engagement

Demonstrate world-class communication and engagement through modeling and value GCPS leadership places on transparent, two-way communication to build stakeholder trust and confidence. 

  1. Implement Parent Square to streamline communication channels.
  2. Implement regular parent workshops during the school day with the parent liaison. 
  3. Continue to grow our social media platforms, posting several times a month. 
  4. Teachers will communicate with parents at least one time a month (through any means of multiple outlets), sharing observations of academic and/or social celebrations.

Increase Facebook followers from 672 to 700

Increase Instragram followers from 239 to 275

EES Parent Survey Responses to each of the following questions will increase:

  1. I am encouraged to collaborate with my student's teachers about my student's learning. (from 82% to 87%)
  2. I am given opportunities to discuss my student's progress at school. (from 90% to 95%)
Family Engagement/Building Parent Capacity -

We will build our parents' capacity to support their children's academic achievement by implementing the activities identified in The Plan/The Promise.

  1. Parents will be provided opportunities to engage in classes and workshops covering various topics that aid in ensuring successful student outcomes.

  2. Through a strong and supportive PTA, families will be provided opportunities to engage in fundraisers and other school events aimed at building a strong Sycamore community. 

Parent Survey responses will increase positively from 92% to 95%. "I feel welcome at this school."