THE SYSTEM OF GREAT SCHOOLS NETWORK SUPPORTS DISTRICT LEADERS TO ENSURE MORE STUDENTS GO TO MORE GREAT SCHOOLS EVERY YEAR.

The System of Great Schools is a strategy that empowers schools with autonomy and families with options. The goal is a district with a clear picture of school performance, lots of great schools, and no barriers to access.

 
 
 
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WHAT DO SGS DISTRICTS DO?

SGS districts believe schools are the unit of change. The default position: important decisions about staffing, program, and budget are made at the school level.

Manage School Performance

  • Establish a local school performance framework

  • Enact regular school performance reviews and planning processes 

 

Expand Great Options

  • Maximize the impact of existing high-performing schools and close persistently low-performing schools

  • Conduct a regular “Call for Quality Schools” to identify partners to redesign existing schools and/or launch new ones

  • Create and grow innovative schools and programs

Improve Access to Options

  • Build and launch "school chooser" tools and supports

  • Design and implement a unified enrollment system

  • Develop an office/capacity to support enrollment, enrollment analytics, and family choice activities

Foster School Autonomy

  • Evaluate the design of central office to ensure that maximum resources are distributed to schools

  • Establish and define school autonomy provisions and timelines

  • Design and implement student based budgeting processes and supports 

 

WHAT DO SGS SCHOOLS DO?

 
  • Define a mission and vision
  • Engage with parents and school community
  • Make staffing decisions
  • Select curriculum
  • Build school culture
  • Create their schedule
  • Control their budget

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

If you'd like to prepare your district for SGS, consider starting with one of the following strategic initiatives. 

School Performance Framework

School Chooser


 

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