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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: PEACHTREE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL           Principal: Jadd Jarusinski

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

At Peachtree Ridge High School we strive to create a supportive and safe environment while ensuring that all students and staff feel a strong sense of belonging that fosters collaboration and a respect for diversity. We will promote student and staff wellbeing through prioritizing self-care, physical and mental health, and social emotional learning.

  • PRIDE Advisement lessons that prioritize student well being and Social Emotional Learning(SEL).

  • Staff professional development on Social Emotional Learning.

  • Staff professional development providing resources and supporting teaching and learning.

  • Student Breathe/Calm room available in counseling suite.

  • Faculty wellness room available for all staff
  • Monthly departmental and school wide student and staff recognition.

  • Frequent school wide, departmental, and grade level appreciation and celebration.

  • Frequent pulse checks with the Principal.

  • Quarterly school and student driven events promoting school spirit.

  • PTSA sponsored meals and gifts


Peachtree Ridge will show an improvement in the students' Center for Educational Effectiveness Survey (CEE) Survey on the question, “I enjoy coming to this school” from 42% (22-23 SY) to 47%.

Peachtree Ridge will show an improvement in the staffs' Center for Educational Effectiveness Survey (CEE) Survey on the question, “Students believe the adults in this school genuinely care about them from  64% (22-23 SY) to 69%.


Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

To reach and teach each and every child, a well-defined and executed multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) focused on the whole learner must be in place that prepares students for success in a dynamic global environment.

  • Install and implement Tier 1 school wide Positive Behavior Intervention Program. (PBIS)

  • MTSS Monday-Weekly communication on “Just-In-Time” support links and/or discussion post on MTSS implementation 

  • MTSS eCLASS Page for Staff Communication

  • Analyze the current MTSS infrastructure with the use of the AIR Rubric and early warning indicators (EWS) to continue to develop a preventative system of interventions and supports. 

  • Analyze our current Collaborative Learning Teams implementation with the use of the CLT rubric as we refine Peachtree Ridge High School’s Instructional Framework and continue to develop structures that increase effective implementation of CLTs 
  • High-quality Tier 1 instruction for all students that includes targeted academic safety nets and whole child learner development within each course team.

  • Continue implementing and start training on research-based behavioral and academic interventions (e.g., Behavior intervention Room, ROAR academic intervention room). 

  • End Zone after school peer tutoring

  • After school digital course team tutoring office hours

  • Restore the Roar restorative practices 

  • Increase awareness and involvement of extracurricular activities

  • 9th grade Academy

  • In-home student visits


Peachtree Ridge will show an improvement in the Staff EES Survey on the question, “Struggling students receive early intervention and remediation to acquire skills” from 52% (22-23 SY) to 55%.

Peachtree Ridge will show an improvement in the Staff EES Survey on the question, “We have a system for celebrating student success” from 69% (22-23 SY) to 72%.

The percent of Peachtree Ridge students achieving in the beginning level on the Milestones End of Course (EOC) assessment will decrease on each assessment. (See table below)


Baseline (22-23 SY)


(23-24 SY)

Algebra I



American Literature






US History



Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Each and every student will only meet her or his highest potential if provided equitable access to programs that ensure she or he has the knowledge and skills to succeed as contributing members of a global society, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, English proficiency, faith, socioeconomic status, or disability.

  • Increased two-way communication in multiple languages to families using various tools (e.i., Parent Square) 

  • Increased partnership with PTSA and local organizations

  • Expanded school events available to families and community.

  • Usage of Academic Universal Screeners (e.i., MAP) to identify every 9th grade student in need of acceleration or academic interventions at the beginning of their high school journey.

  • SAT provided during school day

  • Utilize available tools and data to identify students and increase AP Program participation amongst all groups.

  • Family Engagement: Parent Liaison will host workshops throughout the year with parents.  They will meet with new families during registration while supporting student's academic and social emotional needs, including attendance and discipline related issues throughout the school year.


Peachtree Ridge High School will increase the percentage of economically disadvantaged 9th grade students who are identified as gifted from 19% (22-23 SY) to 21%.

Peachtree Ridge will increase the percentage of all Black students taking an AP course from 20% (22-23 SY) to 22%. 

Peachtree Ridge will increase the percentage of all Hispanic students taking an AP course from 14% (22-23 SY) to 16%.

Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

Redefine the inputs, behaviors, and outcomes that determine the standards for student success as measured by the Results-Based Evaluation System (RBES) to support school improvement and student growth.

  • Quality Plus Teaching Strategies (QPTS)

  • Literacy, Math, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), and SEL vertical teams 

  • Weekly collaborative learning team meetings

  • Monthly Lion Walks staff classroom observations

  • Vertical Lion Walks

  • Ridge PD teacher-driven professional development opportunities

  • New teachers engaged in Lion Network monthly collaboration opportunities

  • Course Team Leader Development

  • Small Group Instruction

  • Utilize District Assessments and Local Common Formative Assessments to review progress of student learning and provide remediation and acceleration opportunities. 


Peachtree Ridge will show an improvement in the Staff EES Survey on the question, “Instruction is personalized to meet the needs of each student” from 53% (SY22-23) to 58%.

The percent of Peachtree Ridge students achieving in the proficient/distinguished level on the Milestones EOC assessment will increase on each assessment. (See table below)


Baseline (22-23 SY)


(23-24 SY)

Algebra I



American Literature






US History





Excellence 4.B - Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

At Peachtree Ridge High School, we are committed to effective instruction that prepares students for success in a dynamic global environment.  This ensures that after graduation all students have multiple pathways to success based on their interests, skills, knowledge, and abilities.

  • Teachers will deliver effective tier 1 instruction

  • Provide students with opportunities for Industry Certification, CTAE Pathway Competition, internships/externships, and AP Capstone program.

  • College Fairs and information sessions throughout the year.

  • Ridge Recovery offered throughout the school year and summer.

  • Work-Based Learning, Dual Enrollment, Maxwell High School, and Grayson Tech opportunities.


Peachtree Ridge will show an improvement in our 4 year cohort graduation rate from 90% (22-23 SY) to 91%.

Peachtree Ridge will show an improvement in the Student CEE Survey on the question, “Work I do in this school is useful and interesting to me” from 45% (22-23 SY) to 50%.