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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: SUMMEROUR MIDDLE           Principal: Natalie Looney

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

Summerour Middle School believes that academic press cannot take place without supportive community.  We acknowledge the importance of overall wellbeing for students and staff in supporting high levels of learning.  

  1. Increase Student and Staff Mentoring - engage students in mentoring through clubs, activities, and mentoring programs, utilize the GCPS Teacher Mentoring resources for a data-driven program.
  2. Improve Student Advisement Program - The Summerour Supportive Community provides weekly lessons for students using the Character Strong lessons that imbed the IB learner profiles.
  3. Focus Staff Development around best practices with supportive community and teacher efficacy.

Action Steps 1-3

Student and Staff EES survey:  Goal:  Increase % of students who answer positively on this survey by 10%

2023 Baseline:  37% 2024 Goal:  47%
EES Survey:  Most students are respectful of others at this school  
2023 Baseline:  30% 2024 Goal:  40%

Attendance data - Goal:  Reduce the number of students with 15 or more absences at EOY by 20%

2023 Baseline:  232 students 2024 Goal:  186

Student grades - ABC Report - Goal:  Reduce number of students with Course flag by 20% by Dec/May

2023 Baseline: 575 students 2024 Goal:  461 students


Equity 2.A - Multi-tiered System of Supports

Summerour Middle School is committed to identifying and removing barriers to success for our students.  This includes matching student needs with the necessary support in literacy, numeracy, and behavior within a tiered system.

  1. High level implementation on Tier 1 Literacy, Numeracy, and Behavior through daily use of QPTS and PBIS processes.
  2. Provide individualized support for students in Tier 2 and Tier 3 through iReady, Achieve 3000, Read 180, and other intervention programs to support literacy and numeracy.  Specific students will also participate in Extended Learning Time for additional support.
  3. Implement and monitor Tier 2 Literacy, Numeracy, and Behavior through targeted interventions during Blue Devil Block and PBIS.
  4. Implement and monitor Tier 3 Literacy, Numeracy, and Behavior through BDB interventions, Tier 3 courses, and PBIS.
  5. Imbed MLL strategies within instruction and during targeted intervention to support language acquisition and Access band growth.


Action Steps 1-4

Reduce the % of students scoring at the Beginning level on Milestones by 20% or more.

2023 Baseline 2024 Goal
6th ELA:  43.28% 6th ELA:  23.28%
7th ELA:  45.47% 7th ELA:  25.47%
8th ELA:  33.26% 8th ELA:  13.26%
6th MA:  32.84% 6th MA:  12.84%
7th MA:  33.40% 7th MA:  13.40%
8th MA/ALG:  29.43% 8th MA/ALG:  19.43%
Phys. Sci.:  52.38% Phys. Sci.:  32.38%
8th SS:  35.40% 8th SS:  15.40%


Action Step 4

Increase % of students moving 1 Performance Band on Access by 10%.

Baseline 2023:  11% moved one band Goal 2024:  20% move one band
Baseline 2023:  1% moved two bands Goals 2024:  5% move two bands

Action Step 1

Screener Reading/Math - Reduce the % of students who are 3 or more Grade Levels behind by 20%.

Baseline 2023: Goal 2024:
Baseline 2023: Goal 2024


Equity 2.B - Opportunity and Access

Summerour Middle School students deserve the very best education.  This includes access to a variety of programs, curriculum, and experiences that help develop well-rounded, critically-minded learners

  1. Ensure Tier 1 Implementation with Fidelity through effective use of QPTS
  2. Implement IB Aims and Objectives through Standards and Practices
  3. Monitor opportunity and access through enrichment/accelerated/Gifted/eSTEAM programming


Action Step 1-3

Gifted testing - using iReady and CoGAT screener - # of students tested/identified

Baseline 2023: Goal 2024:

EES Survey Data

I enjoy coming to this school.  
Baseline 2023:  37% Goal 2024:  27%
My child is challenged with a rigorous course of study at this school.  
Baseline 2023:  59% Goal 2024:  69%

Achievement Data - Increase students P/D on Interim and Post by 10%

Baseline Data: Goal 2024:

Discipline/PBIS Data 

Baseline 2023: 

SWD ISS/OSS 24.3%/14.8%

Black ISS/OSS 22.4%/16.0%

Goal 2024:  

SWD ISS/OSS 15.3%/10.0%

Black ISS/OSS 12.4%/12.0%

Effectiveness 3.A - Results-Based Evaluation System

Summerour Middle School believes that evaluation systems should center around student success through a lens of academic growth, high quality professional learning for staff, engaging grade level instruction in every classroom, and authentic assessment.

  1. Focus on student growth through the instructional calendar
  2. Engage in CQI through quality staff development in IB/QPTS/MLL
  3. Utilize data-based decision making with an emphasis on Student Work Analysis


Action Step 1-3

Local Common Assessment Data (See attachment)

GMAS Data - Increase % of students who score Proficient and Distinguished on Milestones Assessment

Baseline 2023 Goal 2024
6th ELA:  28.99% 6th ELA:  39.00%
7th ELA:  25.48% 7th ELA:  35.48%
8th ELA:  31.80% 8th ELA:  41.80%
6th MA:  25.37% 6th MA:  35.37%
7th MA: 26.19% 7th MA:  36.19%
8th MA/ALG:  30.28% 8th MA/ALG:  40.28%
Phys. Sci:  21.12% Phys. Sci:  31.12%
8th SS:  29.61% 8th SS:  39.61%

Staff Development Surveys - Increase % of teachers who have implemented practices within their classroom.  

Baseline 2023:  n/a Goal 2024:  85%
Excellence 4.A - Preferred Education Destination

As an International Baccalaureate school, Summerour is committed to providing a quality education for students.  

We create a culture of trust, empathy, and respect that promotes family and faculty engagement toward better performance outcomes.


  1. Ongoing engagement with family and community partners
  2. Focus efforts on improved outcomes for students, families, and staff

Action Steps 1-2

Milestones Data (%P/D) - See Goal 4

Family Perception Results - My child is challenged with a rigorous course of study at this school.

Baseline 2023:  59% Goal 2024:  69%

EES Survey - Work at this school is useful and interesting to me.

Baseline 2023:  41% Goal 2024:  51%