School Improvement Plan

Outcome goals for this academic school year

Complete ESSER School Funding Plans


John Lewis High School

Region 3

Alfonso Smith, Principal  

Background: The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) is a federal grant which requires that spending be used in specific areas.  Part of the Fairfax County Public Schools spending plan identifies funding to be used for Unfinished Learning and Student Academic and Social, Emotional, Mental Health (Wellness) Needs.  Schools have been given funding allocations to support the academic and wellness needs of students.  Schools are required to create plans in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Wellness highlighting the strategies they will use to support these areas using their ESSER III funding.  These strategies are shown below.

ESSER III English Language Arts Strategies

Outcome: Ensure students are making sufficient progress to be on grade level in English Language Arts.

Strategy 1: Small-group Intervention Sessions (Boot Camp style) for standardized test preparation

Strategy 2: Curriculum content teams (CTs) and the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Coordinator will identify students not meeting curriculum benchmarks and schedule students for intervention during the Advisory period or after school in small group format with emphasis on literacy skills.

Strategy 3: Utilize evidence based literary resources to enhance Tier 1 instruction at all levels.

Strategy 4: Invest in technology and software to support instruction in English Language Arts.

ESSER III Mathematics Strategies

Outcome: Ensure students are making sufficient progress to be on grade level in Mathematics.

Strategy 1: Review data and identify students in need of additional academic support based on summative assessment performance and quarterly grades.

Strategy 2: Provide additional Math tutoring support outside normal school hours.

Strategy 3: Testing coordinator and content teams (CTs) will identify students who need to retake a Math SOL or are missing a math verified credit to meet graduation requirements.

Strategy 4: Invest in technology and software to support instruction in Math.

ESSER III Wellness Strategies

Outcome: Ensure students feel safe, included, and supported in the school environment.

Strategy 1: Professional Development/Skill building activities will be made available to students, staff, and parents.

Strategy 2: Provide targeted intervention for students during school and after school to support overall well being and development.

Strategy 3: Establish and strengthen Tier 1 evidenced-based social-emotional learning (SEL) Strategies

Strategy 4: Provide opportunities for Family Engagement.

Background: All Fairfax County schools are also required to complete an access and opportunity goal as part of their School Innovation and Improvement Plan (SIIP) and can also capture additional goals.  These are shown below.

Access & Opportunity End of Year SMARTR Outcome

Goal: By the end of the 2021-2022 school year, the percentage of qualified John R. Lewis High School students who enroll in our Advanced Academic programming in 10th, 11th and 12th grades will increase by 5%. And, 80% of our Black and Hispanic students enrolled in an IB course will score a 4 or above on the end of course IB exam. 

Strategy 1: Ensure that all students enrolled in qualifying courses and their families are aware of Advanced Academic Options offered at JRLHS during their junior and senior years.

Strategy 2: The IB Leadership Team will examine student enrollment of those identified as "Young Scholars" in 9th and 10th grade to ensure enrollment in at least 1 AP/IB course during their Junior and Senior years.

Strategy 3: Minimize fear and hesitation amongst students that deters them from enrolling in AP/IB courses and/or programs.