Arco Iris Spanish Immersion School

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School Improvement Plan

La misión de Arco Iris es ofrecer instrucción de inmersión en español y un programa de matemáticas riguroso con el fin de preparar a los alumnos para que sean ciudadanos responsables y continúen su aprendizaje con valores firmes a lo largo de su vida.

 

The mission of Arco Iris is to offer a high-quality education that includes Spanish immersion and a rigorous mathematical curriculum that will prepare students to be responsible citizens and lifelong learners with strong values.

 

Our Story:

 

Arco Iris Spanish Immersion Charter School began its tenth year of operation on September 3, 2019. There are approximately 440 students enrolled in grades K-8, which is up from 360 in 2018-2019.

 

Arco Iris families speak several different languages, with English being the predominant language, followed by Spanish. About 6% of students are English Language Learners, 4% receive special education services and about 17% receive free & reduced lunch. The White population is 46% and the Hispanic population is 40%. The remaining 14% is distributed among those identifying as Multiracial, Asian, Black-African American, Native Hawaiian and American Indian/Alaskan Native.

 

The school’s biggest milestone during the 2018-2019 school year was moving into a new, permanent location at 8205 SW Creekside Place in Beaverton. The purchase and renovation of the building provides stability and allows the educational program to grow to a sustainable size in a functional space.

 

Student achievement results continued to be strong in 2018-2019. In English Language Arts, 82.1% of students met the standard. This was down 3% from the previous year, but the three year average remained high at 81.1%, which is above the State long term goal of 80%. The Math results improved slightly in 2018-2019 to 68.4%, which was up 3.4% from 2017-2018. The three year math average is 63.8% with continued growth in each of the last three years. Although these results are solid, Arco Iris still has work to do to help traditionally underserved student groups overcome opportunity gaps.

 

Arco Iris has had significant teacher and administrative turnover in the past several years, so a major focus area this year will be to create consistent systems in many areas of the school’s operation. In addition, the school will work toward the improvement goals listed below in the areas of Equity, Academic Achievement and Collaboration. The school calendar and daily schedule were adjusted for the 2019-202 school year in order to provide time to work toward these improvement initiatives.

 

Equity Area of Focus:

Improve scores in English Language Arts and Math for  economically disadvantaged students.

Academic Excellence Area of Focus:

Promote school-wide implementation of research-based Spanish language acquisition strategies.

Collaboration Area of Focus:

Provide focused and consistent professional development and collaboration opportunities for all staff members.

Equity Goal:

The percentage of economically disadvantaged students who are proficient on OSAS ELA and Math  will improve by 5% over last year’s scores for grades 3-8.

Academic Excellence Goal:

The percentage of students who are on grade level in Spanish Language Arts will improve by 5% over last year’s scores for each grade level according the ENIL assessment.

Collaboration Goal:

100% of teachers will participate in high quality, ongoing collaborative teams specifically targeting the school’s Equity and Academic Excellence Goals.

Key Strategies:

Analyze student achievement data in Math and ELA at least 4 times per year and provide interventions for students who are not meeting growth targets.

Key Strategies:

All staff members will participate in three days of SIOP training over the course of the year, with follow-up in the 2020-2021 year as needed.

 

Key Strategies:

Weekly grade level team meetings with a learning focused meeting agenda.

 

Student support meetings every 6 weeks to develop intervention plans for students who need academic and/or social-emotional support.

Equity Area of Focus:

Improve behavior schoolwide by placing a greater emphasis on staff-student relationships and restorative practices.

Academic Excellence Area of Focus:

Fully develop the kindergarten program (kindergarten was added for the first time in 2018-19).

Collaboration Area of Focus:

All staff members feel valued and supported.

 

Equity Goals:

By June of 2020, 100% of teachers will report using Restorative Practices in the classroom.

 

Discipline referrals will decrease by 10% and referrals for all racial and ethnic groups match the demographics of the school.

Academic Excellence Goal:

By June of 2020, the kindergarten teaching team will develop curriculum maps and pacing guides for Spanish, English Language Arts, and Social-Emotional Learning.

 

Collaboration Goal:

By June of 2020, 100% of staff members will report feeling valued and supported as evidenced by formal and informal measures.

 

 

Key Strategies:

Equity training through NWRESD twice during the year.

 

Restorative Practices training for all staff members at least twice during the year, with follow up during monthly grade-level team meetings.

Key Strategies:

The kindergarten team, the administrator and a kindergarten parent will participate NWRESD Early Learning Network from Oct. 2019 - April 2020. This will include several meetings as well as onsite coaching visits.

 

 

 

 

Key Strategies:

The Leadership Team will implement strategies for improving staff morale that were developed during their work with the NWRESD Climate and Culture cohort during the 2018-19 school year.

 

Periodic staff surveys to provide an opportunity for anonymous feedback to the board and the administration

 

The use of Restorative Practices during staff meetings to increase connection and allow all staff members to have a voice.