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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: DACULA HIGH           Principal: Jeanne O Hidalgo

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

Dacula High is working to build an atmosphere conducive to teaching and learning through the implementation of Social Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices, with an emphasis on student and staff well-being, self-care, and physical and mental health.

  1.  Student

    1. Introduction of Falcon 30 as a period to intentionally focus on Portrait of a Graduate skills and intervention

    2. Check In/CheckOut with identified students as part of Multi-Tiered System of Supports


    1. Prioritizing Adult Social Emotional Learning through school-based professional development

    2. Regular wellness activities hosted by the Counseling Department

    3. Appreciation Activities

Increase Percent Positive Responses (Often True + Almost Always True) on EES items: 


I enjoy coming to this school 

Baseline: 37%

2024 Target: 40%


Students are involved in solving problems in this school.

Baseline: 60%

Data taken on individual students using check-in/check-out shows improvement


I receive training on instruction to support social-emotional learning.

Baseline: 61%


Staff at all levels are treated fairly here.

Baseline: 85%

Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Dacula High will expand student opportunities to engage in and have access to high quality, rigorous, and culturally relevant curriculum and enrichment activities

1. Increased number of ESOL sections to improve ESOL student success

2. Increase number of teachers who are gifted endorsed

3. Continue to seek to identify gifted students

4. Renewed focus on differentiated lessons

5. Career pathway opportunities will be expanded through the development of the Mechatronics pathway, a new law pathway, and work toward an increase in Spring registrations for Maxwell and Grayson programs

6. The Diversity Day program will be developed by students and facilitated by teachers. Students will view it through SS and Health/PE classes.

7. Dacula mentor program to support Spanish-speaking students and families will be developed by the Spanish for Native Speakers classes and teachers through Falcon 30

8. Mentoring groups established in Falcon 30

9. AP groups established in Falcon 30

10. Diversity celebrations through Falcon LiveWire

11. Communication twice a semester to parents regarding rigor and differentiation. 

Number of ESOL and Sheltered sections offered

Baseline: 15 sections

2024 Target: 18 sections


Number of teachers who are gifted endorsed

Baseline: 40 teachers

2024 Target: 46 teachers


Increase Maxwell/Grayson enrollment

Baseline: 7 Grayson, 28 Maxwell

2024 Target: 10 Grayson, 35 Maxwell


Students will participate in the AP exam and will demonstrate positive outcomes on the exam. 

Participation Baseline: 77%

Participation Target: 80%


Success Rate = score of 3 or better on the AP Exam

Success Rate Baseline: 65%

Success Rate Target: 70%


Increase Percent Positive Responses (% Often True + % Almost Always True) on the following EES survey items:  


All students have access to rigorous courses and supports

2023 Bas2024 Target: 66%


My teachers ask questions of all students, not just some students.

Baseline: 61%

Target: 63%



Teachers accommodate my student’s individual needs by adjusting instruction. 

Baseline: 58%

2024 Target: 61%



Effectiveness 3.B - Talent Management

Dacula High will support faculty and staff in a manner that will allow for employee retention and district goal attainment.

  1. Induction Professional Development on the “Dacula Way” including an October session for teachers hired after July 11

  2. Instructional Coaching through the New Teacher Program, peer mentors, and a robust GTES process

  3. Course Team Support including regular attendance by administrators, ITI Coaches and Media Specialist

  4. Addition of an Instructional Specialist to support teachers


Increase Retention Rate for Staff:

Baseline: 84% Retention

2024 Target: 87%

Excellence 4.C - World-Class Communication and Engagement

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

  1. Dacula Dispatch for faculty and staff

  2. Parent Newsletter for parents and community members

  3. Friday Fly-er for freshmen parents

  4. Academic Planning Night

  5. Orientation for Spanish Speakers to include question and answer session

  6. Community meetings as a vehicle for two-way communication

  7. Highly engaging and informative social media presence. 


Increase Percent Positive Responses (% Often True + % Almost Always True) on the following EES-PARENT survey items:


Teachers accommodate my student’s individual needs by adjusting instruction. 

Baseline: 60%

2024 Target: 61%


Increase school-wide events where parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Baseline: 6 annually

2024 Target: 7 annually



This school communicates with me about my student’s progress

Baseline: 87%

2024 Target: 88%