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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: PATRICK ELEMENTARY           Principal: Ellyce Cone

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

Before students can succeed academically, they must feel like they belong. We believe that when students and staff have a strong sense of belonging, it leads to a better overall student experience and directly supports student learning outcomes.

Student Well-being

  1. Counselors will conduct classroom SEL lessons with individual homeroom classes.
  2. All students will attend the newly established Health/SEL specials class.
  3. Use of morning meeting in each homeroom to review the word of the month and build community.
  4. Staff members have been trained in the use of Restorative Classrooms.
  5. Updated PBIS framework to provide for consistency of expectations across all settings.

Staff Well-being

  1. Staff shoutouts in the weekly staff newsletter.
  2. Golden Apples at monthly staff meetings.
  3. Certified and Classified Staff Member of the Month recognitions
  4. Welcome notes for all new staff from veteran team members.
  5. New teacher induction to support the addition of 33 new staff.
  6. Fully released lead mentor to support new teacher learning and promote retention.

Percent of students responding positively to the EES question: I enjoy coming to school.

Baseline: 46%

Target Goal: 55%


Percent of staff responding positively to the EES question: My principal/administrator cares about me as a person.

Baseline: 95%

Target Goal: 96%

Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

We desire to create conditions under which each and every student receives what they need to develop to their full potential.

  1. Utilizing screener and historical data to identify students for tiered supports.
  2. Strategic master scheduling to allow the intervention team more opportunities to target high need students across all grade levels with tiered supports.
  3. Strategic student placement in homerooms based on historical data, gender, ethnicity, and services received. 
  4. Designation of an MTSS team to coordinate schedules and monitor effective implementation of the schoolwide plan.
  5. Updated PBIS framework to provide for consistency of expectations across all settings

Percentage of students universally screened for math and literacy.

Baseline: 96%

Target Goal: 98%


Student Improvement - Reduce the percent of students performing at the beginning proficiency level on the Georgia Milestones assessment.

Baseline: 3rd Grade ELA - 29%, 4th Grade ELA - 11%. 5th Grade ELA - 21%. 3rd Grade Math - 13%, 4th Grade Math - 10%, 5th Grade Math - 21%

Target Goal: 3rd Grade ELA - 23%, 4th Grade ELA - 9%. 5th Grade ELA - 17%. 3rd Grade Math - 11%, 4th Grade Math - 8%, 5th Grade Math - 17%

Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

We believe that in order to provide equitable services for all our students, we must first assess students for academic and social/emotional needs and then use that information to provide appropriate interventions and extensions.

  1. Deliberate creation of a master schedule to support the addition of two sections of AC math and reading in grades 3-5.
  2. Use of the universal screener to identify gifted students.
  3. Targeted tier 1 instruction across all classrooms to support learning at the proficient and distinguished levels.
  4. Additional classroom teachers working on updating their certificates to include a gifted endorsement.
  5. Extracurricular learning experiences offered before and after school. Additonal targeted learning opportunities offered to all students in grades 3-5 during the instructional day to enhance access and opportunity to participate in focused areas of interest related to AI/STEM/Fine Arts/PE.

Gifted and Talented Representation- Number of student racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in gifted and talented programs

Baseline: 2 groups 

Target Goal: 1 groups 

*2-1-1-0-0: The goal is 1 racial/ethnic group underrepresented in 2 and 3 years and 0 racial/ethnic groups in years 4 and 5.


  Asian/Pacific Islander Black Hispanic Multiracial White
Total PES Student Pop. % 21% 32% 23% 6% 18%
Identifed Gifted PES Student Pop. % 29.9% 19.7% 18.1% 7.1% 25.2%
Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

The mission of Patrick Elementary is to create a foundation of excellence by providing quality instruction that results in high student performance levels, character development, social/emotional growth, and future-ready problem solvers.

  1. Teachers will participate in twice weekly collaborative planning sessions led by their assistant principal and instructional coach.
  2. Dedicated coaching cycles for all staff in both literacy and math.
  3. Additional time built into master calendar to focus work on improving teacher practice relative to the new literacy curriculum.
  4. Use of digital learning days and extended staff days for focused literacy professional learning.
  5. Revision of local school instructional framework to identify collective agreements for staff across all content areas including a three year plan for improvement and articulation of leadership roles to support adult learning

Percent responding positively to the EES question: Support from my principal or supervisor leads to progress on instructional improvement or professional growth.

Baseline: 87%

Target Goal: 90%


Percent of students performing at the proficient and distinguished levels on the Georgia Milestones assessment in math and English/Language Arts.

Baseline: 3rd Grade ELA - 44%, 4th Grade ELA - 59%, 5th Grade ELA - 57%. 3rd Grade Math - 58%, 4th Grade Math - 67%, 5th Grade Math - 52%.

Target Goal: 3rd Grade ELA - 55% , 4th Grade ELA - 67%, 5th Grade ELA - 66%. 3rd Grade Math - 66%, 4th Grade Math - 73%, 5th Grade Math - 59%.

Excellence 4.B - Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

We believe it is our responsibility to help to prepare students for their future by providing exposure to problem solving tasks that will allow them to work collaboratively, utilize their resources, and develop their potential.

  1. All students will attend both a computer science and STEM specials throughout the school year.
  2. Counselors will teach career lessons to engage students and teach them about the future.
  3. Extracurricular opportunities will be provided to all students through the strategic use of Pup time in grades 3-5.
  4. Morning and after school extracurriculuar opportunities will be utilized to enhance collaborative problem solving and leadership skills.

Percent of students performing on or above grade level on the Georgia Milestones assessment in reading.

Baseline: 3rd Grade Reading - 73%, 4th Grade Reading - 78%, 5th Grade Reading - 77%. 

Target Goal: 3rd Grade Reading - 78% , 4th Grade Reading - 82%, 5th Grade Reading - 81%. 


100% of students in grades 3-5 will be involved in Pup Time Enrichment.