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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: MOUNTAIN PARK ELEMENTARY           Principal: Brian Walker

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

Mountain Park ES desires to create a culture where staff and students feel a sense of belonging and safety, where diversity is valued.

  1. Through our PBIS Program, in conjunction with Class Dojo, our students earn points throughout the day for their appropriate school behaviors.  Students will have an enhanced menu of activities to spend their points.
  2. Our counselor facilitates small groups that promote school attendance.
  3. Provide additional opportunities to elevate teacher voice and ownership at school.
  4. Joyful Learning will continue in kindergarten and begin in first grade.  

We will increase the percentage of students and staff who respond positively to survey items in the following domains:

  • Staff
    • High Standards & Expectations
      • 2023 Baseline - 84.4%   
      • 2024 Target - 90%
  • Students
    • Supportive Learning Environment
      • 2023 Baseline - 51.5%     
      • 2024 Target - 53%
  • Chronic Absenteeism
    • SY22 Baseline – 18.19%
    • SY23 - 16.5%
    • SY24 Target - 15.5%
Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

Mountain Park ES will meet the academic and non-academic needs of our students through a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) that remove barriers to success.

  1. Continue utilizing PBIS to support the behavioral needs of our students, including monthly PBIS Team meetings. - Operational
  2. MTSS data is reviewed quarterly to make informed decisions based on student needs.
  3. Extended Learning Time supports students with identified programs that target individual student needs.
  4. High-quality Tier I instruction for all students that includes target small groups, grade-level curriculum, ongoing formative assessments, and progress monitoring.
  5. 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.
  • % Reading Below Grade Level on Milestones – 3rd - 5th Grades
    • Baseline Spring 2022 – 24.4%
    • Target Spring 2023 – 23.4%
    • Spring 2023 - see attached
  • % Beginning on Milestones  - 3rd - 5th Grades
    • Baseline Spring 2022 – 14%
    • Target Spring 2023 – 13%
    • Spring 2023 - see attached
  • PBIS Implementation/Distinguished Status 
    • Baseline Spring 2022 – Emerging
    • Spring 2023 - Emerging
    • Spring 2024 - Operational
Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Mountain Park ES strives to expand the opportunities to access high-quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant curriculum and coursework.

  1. Implement and continue kindergarten readiness programs (Play2Learn/Rising K Academy) that expand opportunities and access to all families in the community. 
  2. Utilize the universal screener to increase opportunities for underrepresented groups to demonstrate eligibility for the Gifted program.
  • Play2Learn Enrollment
    • 2022-2023 Baseline - 24 students
    • 2023-2024 Target - 40 students
  • Rising K Academy Enrollment
    • Summer 2023 Baseline - 30 students
    • Summer 2024 - 40 students
  • Increase the percentage of gifted-identified students
    • 2022-2023 Baseline - 10%     
    • 2023-2024 Target - 11%
Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

We will use the redesigned RBES which includes equal elements of academic growth and a supportive community to promote continuous improvement through the identification of strengths and weaknesses and communicate the annual change in school performance.

  1.  Utilize peer observations, classroom walkthroughs and feedback to enhance and monitor Tier I instruction.
  2.  Conduct monthly Kid Talks to review interventions and monitor student progress.
  3.  Utilize the Results-Based Evaluation System (RBES) to monitor our LSPI goal.
  • Increase the percentage of students making typical growth on the iReady Reading MTSS Screener Assessment
    • Fall 2023 Results:  39%
    • Target Winter 2024:  42%
  • Increase the percentage of students making typical growth on the iReady Math MTSS Screener Assessment
    • Fall 2023 Results:  52%
    • Target Winter 2024:  55%
Excellence 4.C - World-Class Communication and Engagement

Being a school in a diverse community, Mountain Park ES will effectively communicate and engage with its families. 

  1. Enhance two-way communication practices with all stakeholders in multiple languages.
    • Parent Square
    • Parent Center Resources
    • Newsletter
    • Class Dojo
    • Social Media
    • Conferences
    • PTA Events
    • School Events
  2. Encourage family participation regarding surveys during on-campus events.
    • Programs
    • Conferences
    • Evening events
  3. Through monthly Family Engagement Activities, Mountain Park staff will:
    • build family members capacity with at-home learning
    • provide at-home learning activities for families
    • help families create make & take activities with supplies
  • Family Interpreters and Translations – EES Family Survey
    • Baseline Spring 2022 - 96%
    • Target Spring 2023 – 96%
    • Spring 2023 - 93%
  • Family Survey Participation
    • Baseline Spring 2022 – 13.6%
    • Spring 2023 - 12.7%
    • Target Spring 2024 - 18%


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. Family engagement opportunities:  such as Curriculum Night, Building Parent Capacity Workshops, and International Night.
  2. Mountain Park's Family Center will provide families with the space and resources to support student learning at home.
  3. Foster two-way communication between the school and family using ParentSquare and ClassDojo.
  • Family Interpreters and Translations – EES Family Survey
    • Baseline Spring 2022 - 96%
    • Spring 2023 - 93%
    • Target Spring 2024 – 96%
  • Family Survey Participation
    • Baseline Spring 2022 – 13.6%
    • Spring 2023 - 12.7%
    • Target Spring 2024 - 18%