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Strategic Plan 2012-2017 - Atlanta Public Schools

Atlanta Public Schools

Strategic Plan

2012-2017

Strategic Leadership … The Road to Excellence”


Atlanta Board of

Education

Brenda J. Muhammad

District 1

Byron D. Amos

Vice Chair, District 2

Cecily Harsch-Kinnane

District 3

Nancy M. Meister

District 4

LaChandra D. Butler Burks

District 5

Yolanda K. Johnson

District 6

Courtney D. English

At-Large Seat 7

Districts 1 & 2

Reuben R. McDaniel, III

Chair, At-Large Seat 8

Districts 3 & 4

Emmett D. Johnson

At-Large Seat 9

Districts 5 & 6

Erroll B. Davis, Jr.

Superintendent


Table of

Contents

Letter from the Superintendent

Executive Summary

About Us

6

Mission and Vision Statements

9

5

Core Beliefs and Commitments

Guiding Principles

School Structure

Strategy Map

Strategy

Balanced Scorecard

4

10-11

7

8

12

13-16

17

18

Appendix

Strategic Initiative Alignment

Superintendent’s Call to Action

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Page Letter Title from the

Subtitle Superintendent

Text

Dear Students, Parents,

Employees and Partners:

Atlanta Public Schools

(APS) proudly serves

approximately 50,000

students. On behalf of each

student, we enter the 2012-13

school year and beyond with

a renewed commitment to

academic excellence, educational

equity, ethics and engagement.

This is an important period for

our organization. The decisions

that we make and the plans

that we implement will impact

students, parents, employees and

community members for years to

come. It’s important that we do

the correct things, and equally

important, that we do them with a

sense of urgency.

Last year we experienced an

escalated level of stakeholder

involvement at numerous

community and school board

meetings and hearings. Input

from these forums and the input

of our teachers and leaders were

invaluable in developing our new

direction for the future.

Our five-year strategic plan

will set the path for APS going

forward, focusing on a consistent,

aggressive and strategic structure

of excellence for all schools and

divisions within APS. Strategic

objectives, paired with initiatives

and action plans, will be measured

for effectiveness and ultimately

lead to improved student

achievement. The framework

outlined in this document is

vital as we move forward with

excellence, equity, ethics and

engagement.

We are privileged to serve the

students, staff, parents, partners

and community members who

comprise the APS family. We

look forward to your continued

confidence and support during

the new school year and beyond.

Sincerely,

Erroll B. Davis, Jr.

Superintendent

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The vision of Atlanta Public

Schools is to be a studentcentered,

high-performing

urban school district, where all

students become successful,

life-long learners and leaders. The

district has laid the foundation for

this vision with the development

of the 2012-2017 Strategic

Plan for Atlanta Public Schools,

Strategic Leadership…The Road

to Excellence. The plan is the result

of the collaborative effort between

the Atlanta Public Schools Board

of Education, Superintendent,

administrators, faculty, staff,

partners and the community.

The thoughtful and honest input

of stakeholders on the strategic

direction makes the final plan a

much stronger document that

provides a roadmap to address

the work necessary to achieve the

mission and vision for APS. The

plan recognizes the critical roles of

all stakeholders to implement the

plan with fidelity and to ensure that

all achievements are sustainable.

This five-year strategic plan

provides a consistent, aggressive

and strategic structure of

excellence for all schools and

Executive

Summary

divisions within APS. The

plan calls for the highest

level of accountability, ethics,

transparency and engagement

and recognizes that students

come first and all decisions to

be made are in the best interest

of the students, which is the

basis for the three perspectives:

(1) Students, Stakeholders and

the Learning Environment;

(2) Leadership and Talent

Development; and (3) Financial

and Operational Systems and

Support. The perspectives provide

guidance for APS leadership in

the development of policies and

regulations, objectives, strategies

and initiatives to achieve the

mission and vision.

The three perspectives and 11

strategic objectives described in

this plan will drive the thinking,

actions, and investments over the

next five years. These perspectives

and strategic objectives are

outlined in a strategy map

illustrating how APS will unify

and balance the components of

the strategic plan. The strategy

map is then translated into action

using a balanced scorecard.

This scorecard describes the

perspectives, strategic objectives,

corresponding performance

measures and the strategic

initiatives pursued to achieve

the strategic plan. These

strategic initiatives range from

implementing the Common Core

Georgia Performance Standards

in order to ensure educational

equity and rigor in the classroom

to developing a district-wide

coordinated effort to improve the

culture, climate and safety in all

APS schools and facilities. These

initiatives are cross-functional in

nature and ensure the strategic

objectives, and ultimately the APS

mission and vision, are achieved.

Full achievement of all strategic

objectives will be possible with

the continued commitment and

support of the Board of Education,

Superintendent, administrators,

faculty, staff, partners and the

community. Working together, APS

can achieve the vision of being a

student-centered, high-performing

urban school district, where all

students become successful, lifelong

learners and leaders.

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About

Atlanta Public Schools

Fast Facts

About Atlanta Public

Schools 2012-2013

Student enrollment approx. 50,000

Elementary schools 50

Middle schools 15

Single-gender academies 4

High schools 21

Nontraditional programs 2

Charter schools 13

Evening school programs 2

Total APS learning sites 103

Ethnic Distribution of Students

African-American 78%

Caucasian 13%

Hispanic 6%

Multiracial 2%

Asian/American Indian/

Alaskan/Other 1%

Students eligible for free

and reduced priced meals 74.76%

Number of 2012 graduates 2,093

Scholarships offered

to class of 2012 $87 million

Number of Title I Schools 95

FY13 General

Fund Budget $574 million

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is one of the

largest districts in the state of Georgia, serving

approximately 50,000 students in 103 learning

facilities throughout the city of Atlanta. APS schools

are organized into nine K-12 clusters which provide a

quality education for our students. The cluster model

provides greater access to a more equitable distribution of

resources and multiple layers of support.

APS has adopted Common Core Georgia Performance

Standards (ccgPS), which outline high expectations

for what students should know in the 21st century and

make the district part of the nation-wide initiative to

standardize instruction.

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Mission and

Vision Statements

MiSSion Statement

The mission of Atlanta Public Schools is to

educate all students

through academic excellence,

preparing them for success in life,

service and leadership.

Vision Statement

The vision of Atlanta Public Schools

is to be a student-centered,

high-performing urban

school district where

all students become

successful life-long learners

and leaders.

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The New Schools at Carver

Core Beliefs and Commitments

2

4

1

We believe that all children can learn.

We are committed to developing students who are

critical thinkers, and we are committed to creating

safe school environments that best meet the social,

emotional and cognitive needs of individual students.

We believe that teachers maTTer.

We are committed to creating and supporting effective teachers and

leaders for APS students.

3

We believe that community is critical.

We are committed to engaging our community with the

goal of creating and sustaining strong relationships.

We believe all STudenTS should be fully prepared and

inSPired to graduate from high school ready for

college and/or careers.

We are committed to fully preparing and inspiring all students to

graduate ready for college and/or careers.

CharacteriSTics of a

High Performing

School diSTrict

n A clear and shared focus

n High standards and

expectations for all

students

n Effective school teachers

and leaders

n High levels of collaboration

and communication

n Curriculum, instruction

and assessments aligned

with state standards

n Frequent monitoring of

teaching and learning

n Focused professional

development

n Supportive learning

environments

n High level of family and

community engagement

5

We believe that STudenTS should be

lifelong learners.

We are committed to developing students who will

become lifelong learners that will make significant

contributions to society.

Source: Washington Office of

Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Guiding Principles

Excellence…

in everything

we do

Implementing the

Common Core Georgia

Performance Standards

will ensure a new

standard of academic

excellence in every

school. The standards

outline high expectations

for what students need

to know to be ready for

21st century colleges and

careers anywhere in the

world.

Equity…

in the

distribution

of district

resources

Through redistricting,

APS created a new

regional and cluster

model to replace the

school reform team

structure. Under the

cluster model, resources

are to be allocated to

fully staff and provide

more support, more

opportunities and more

equity to the schools.

Ethics…

to protect our

integrity

APS will continue

stronger testing security

measures and mandated

annual ethics training

for every employee.

In addition, every

school will have two

ethics advocates who

will act as resources

for ethical decisionmaking.

Advocates

will also infuse ethical

principles and character

education throughout

the curriculum, as well

as through teacher and

leader actions.

Engagement…

with our

community

APS created the Office of

External Affairs which is

devoted to community

outreach, corporate and

foundation relations,

constituent services and

open records requests.

APS is working diligently

district-wide to become

more engaged and

transparent with the

community.

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School

Structure

Beginning in School Year 2012-2013, APS

schools are organized into nine new K-12

clusters – each with a main feeder high

school. Under the cluster model, students from the

same neighborhoods will be able to stay together

throughout elementary, middle and high school.

The cluster model provides the groundwork for

achieving the goal of every school providing a quality

education for every student, regardless of where he

or she lives in the district. Each school in the cluster

will have access to a more equitable distribution of

available resources and multiple layers of support.

The cluster model also provides for a greater degree

of collaboration and professional development

among the elementary, middle and high schools

within the individual clusters of schools.

The school clusters are organized into four

regional units, each with an executive director for

administration. Clusters are identified by high schools

as follows:

North Region

Frederick Douglass

North Atlanta

B.E.S.T. Academy

C.S.K. Academy

South Region

Carver

South Atlanta

Forrest Hill Academy

EaST Region

Henry W. Grady

Maynard H. Jackson

Crim Open Campus

WeST Region

Benjamin E. Mays

D.M. Therrell

Booker T. Washington

West End Academy

North

Region

Douglass Cluster

N. Atlanta Cluster

High Schools Middle Schools Elementary Schools

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FAIN

F.L. STANTON

GROVE PARK INTERMEDIATE (3-5)

BOLTON ACADEMY

BRANDON

BRANDON PRIMARY

GARDEN HILLS

JACKSON

SCOTT

TOWNS

USHER

WOODSON PRIMARY (K-2)

* Year-Round School

JACKSON PRIMARY

RIVERS

SMITH

SMITH PRIMARY

High Schools Middle Schools Elementary Schools

High Schools Middle Schools Elementary Schools

B.E.S.T.

Academy

City-wide

B.E.S.T.

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B.E.S.T.

ACADEMY

NO FEEDER SCHOOLS

C.S.K.

Academy

City-wide

C.S.K.

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NO FEEDER SCHOOLS

South

Region

Carver Cluster

S. Atlanta Cluster

High Schools Middle Schools Elementary Schools

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DOBBS

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FEEDER SCHOOLS

HUMPHRIES

HUTCHINSON *

* Year-Round School

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Forrest Hill Academy

FORREST

HILL

NO FEEDER SCHOOLS

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High Schools Middle Schools Elementary Schools

Grady Cluster

M.H. Jackson Cluster

GRADY

M.H.

JACKSON

{

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M.L. KING

{

CENTENNIAL PLACE *

HOPE-HILL

MARY LIN

BURGESS-PETERSON

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WHITEFOORD

MORNINGSIDE

SPRINGDALE PARK

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BENTEEN

D.H. STANTON

DUNBAR

PARKSIDE

East

Region

Crim Open Campus

CRIM

NO FEEDER SCHOOLS

Mays Cluster

Therrell Cluster

Washington Cluster

High Schools

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Middle Schools

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Elementary Schools

ADAMSVILLE PRIMARY (K-2)

BEECHER HILLS

CASCADE

CONTINENTAL COLONY

DEERWOOD ACADEMY

BETHUNE

CONNALLY

NO FEEDER SCHOOLS

MILES INTERMEDIATE (3-5)

PEYTON FOREST

WEST MANOR

FICKETT

KIMBERLY

M. AGNES JONES

VENETIAN HILLS

West

Region

West End Academy

WEST END

ACADEMY

NO FEEDER SCHOOLS

Booker T. Washington

High School

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2012-2017

Strategy Map

The strategy map shown below is a visual tool illustrating how APS aligns its resources to achieve its

mission to educate all students through academic excellence, preparing them for success in life, service

and leadership. The map is organized into three perspectives (Students, Stakeholders and the Learning

Environment; Leadership and Talent Development; and Financial and Operational Systems and Support) that

define causal relationships among the 11 strategic objectives, ultimately achieving the APS mission. The map

helps visualize the strategy while unifying and balancing the components of the plan.

Objectives

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Strategy — 2012-2017

The following pages communicate APS’ five-year strategy and translate the strategy map into

action. Each page highlights the perspective, strategic objectives, corresponding performance

measures and the strategic initiatives pursued to achieve those strategic objectives. The

components all work together to achieve the strategic destination:

n Objectives articulate the components of the strategy;

n Performance measures track progress toward achieving and

communicating the intent of the objective; and

n Strategic initiatives help close the gap

between current and desired performance.*

* Source: 2008 Balanced Scorecard Collaborative, a

Palladium company

Students, Stakeholders and the Learning Environment

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Strategy — 2012-2017

Students, Stakeholders and the Learning Environment

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Strategy — 2012-2017

Leadership and Talent Development

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Strategy — 2012-2017

Financial and Operational Systems and Support

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Strategic Initiative

Alignment

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Superintendent’s

Call to Action

Success does not happen by accident. Schools and districts do not

become high performing by chance. Achieving “Excellence in

Everything We Do,” requires commitment, dedication, discipline and focus

on doing the right things and doing them well. The success of the strategic

plan rests on everyone. When every person carries out his and her role

with fidelity, Atlanta Public Schools will steadily make progress toward

the ultimate goal of ensuring success for every student.

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Henry W. Grady High School

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