Parents, please share your thoughts in the LCAP Survey - open January 6 - 31, 2020
What do you think we do well in our schools? Where can we improve? You can tell us in our annual survey of parents, students & staff - called the LCAP Survey. The survey will be used as we set priorities for the 2020-21 school year in our LCAP, or Local Control Accountability Plan. We are happy to be partnering with YouthTruth for this year's survey. Students and staff will take the 2020 survey in their schools.
The family survey will be open from January 6 to 31, 2020 at this link:
>>> ytsurvey.org/SantaRosafamily20 <<<
If you are a community member who is interested in providing feedback about our schools, please email us at LCAP@srcs.k12.ca.us
What is an LCAP?
In 2013, California adopted a new formula for deciding how much money each school district gets, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). School districts will decide how to use the funds, but under the new system they must get input from their local communities. They also have to tie their budgets to improvement goals by creating a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
Our LCAP has two main goals, and here are a few things that we are doing to support each of those goals:
Goal 1: Provide a coherent, rigorous and relevant teaching and learning program to graduate college and career ready students.
- The new California State Standards adopted by the state have meant changes in curriculum. Our teachers and administrators continue to collaborate on curriculum design in all core subjects -- English, Math, Social Studies, and Science.
- Teachers are getting professional development training and support from their peers.
- The district has received a grant to focus on STEM -- Science Technology Engineering and Math. We are doing that with Maker projects in grades K-8.
- We have opened College and Career Centers in our high schools, with specialized counselors, to provide information and support as our students prepare for 21st century education and careers.
Goal 2: Increase student and family wellness and engagement through the full service community school model.
- The district is rolling out a program called “BEST Plus” in every school, over the next few years. “BEST” involves Positive Behavior Interventions -- focusing on good behavior and encouraging it. The “Plus” involves something called Restorative Practices. That means students learn from their mistakes and repair relationships.
- The district has added Family Engagement staff, and we are already seeing a positive impact on students and families.
- There are now a Mental Health Support Services in every school, in addition to our own school counselors, and students are using those services.
- With all of that support and engagement, we are seeing fewer suspensions and expulsions.
- Our teachers are attending professional development trainings about mental health. Many teachers have also visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, thanks to a museum grant, or attended equity and unconscious bias training in the district.
Take a look at our latest LCAPs
2019-20 SRCS Elementary LCAP
2019-20 SRCS Secondary LCAP
Our charter schools each have their own LCAP:
2019-20 Cesar Chavez Language Academy LCAP
2019-20 Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School LCAP
2019-20 Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts LCAP
2019-20 Santa Rosa French-American Charter School LCAP
Share your thoughts by taking the LCAP survey
Did you know that your input helps influence our school district's priorities and spending? Every year, Santa Rosa City Schools and other districts throughout California conduct surveys of students, staff, and parents in order to create our LCAP. In 2020, we'll all be taking the YouthTruth survey. This survey will not only provide input for the LCAP but also for the district and schools to understand student, staff, and parent perceptions about school. These perceptions are linked to academic outcomes, so it’s beneficial to know what your students are experiencing in our schools and classrooms.
Students and staff will take the 2020 survey in their schools. The family survey will be open from January 6 to 31, 2020 at this link: ytsurvey.org/SantaRosafamily20
What is a SPSA?
The Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) is a site plan created by a school team including the principal, teachers, parents, community partners, and, where applicable, secondary school students. The SPSA is a tool for school sites to prioritize particular programs and strategies that will best serve their students, families, and the community. It lays out each school’s plan for achieving its goals, and discusses the connection between the school's goals and actions, and the District's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which lays out goals for the entire district.
Links to each site's SPSA will be available soon! See the Our Schools web page for links to each school.
State guidelines require that the SPSA must:
- Identify site-specific achievement goals based on a variety of student performance data.
- Describe specific instructional strategies to accelerate student learning.
- Describe the ways in which student progress will be monitored on a regular basis.
- Identify interventions for students not achieving.
- Determine the necessary professional development for staff.
- Delineate strategies for parent communication and engagement.
- Reflect estimated costs and funding sources.
- Involve consultation with other site advisory groups.