• The School Improvement Plan (SIP) is designed to achieve specific school goals. These goals are determined by our school needs. Currently, the Gilchrist SIP goals include improvement in the areas of reading, writing, math, science, and the learning environment.
     
    Florida's School Public Accountability Reports (SPAR) have been generated to comply with federal legislation that requires annual report cards on the educational progress of schools, school districts, and the state. These reports are initially published prior to the beginning of the school year. The School Public Accountability Report contains several types of data (indicators) designed to inform parents and the general public about the progress of Florida's public schools. This report meets public reporting requirements and provides certain additional information of interest on the status of Florida's schools.

    The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a committee made up primarily of parents, teachers, school staff, and community members. SAC addresses school goals and sets priorities, including goals and standards in Gilchrist's School Improvement Plan (SIP) as directed by its Bylaws. SAC also assists in writing the SIP; including goals and objectives, assessment methods, definitions of adequate progress, specific strategies and requests for waivers.

    According to section 1002.32(8), Florida Statutes, each public school in the state must establish a school advisory council that is reflective of the population served by the school, pursuant to section 1001.452, Florida Statutes, and is responsible for the development and implementation of the school improvement plan pursuant to section 1003.02(3), Florida Statutes.

    School improvement is most effective when it involves representatives from the diversity of stakeholders in the school community working toward a consensus embraced by all to improve the school. Therefore, school advisory councils clearly have a direct role and responsibility in the state accountability system and how it is implemented at the local level.