Potomac Falls High School
Loudoun County Public Schools
Comprehensive Needs Assessment - Executive Summary
46400 Algonkian Parkway, Potomac Falls, VA 20165
Brandon Wolfe, Ed.D.
LCPS School Profile
Virginia School Quality Profile
School Improvement Plan
- Building Administrators
- Central Office Administrators
- Parents / Guardians
- Community Members
- Business Partners
- Others (specify):
Provide descriptive information related to the curriculum, instructional programs, and/or existing interventions to support the academic, behavioral, and/or social emotional needs for all students.
- As a school we are focused on delivering high quality instruction, maintaining a working knowledge of how to respond when intervention is needed (behavioral and academic), and working towards becoming a high performing professional learning community.
- We offer 21 AP courses and are working to integrate the AP capstone offering. % of students participating in AP courses - a focus on increasing the number of students participating in AP courses
- $$$ in scholarship money received last year
- Student performance in co-curricular (music, theatre, DECA, debate)
- Learning Lab - Math Lab - NHS/PEER tutoring
- Sources of Strength (% of students who are peer leaders)
- LINK Crew - freshman transition program
- # of DE courses….
Extended Learning Opportunities
Provide information to describe extended learning opportunities for students, staff, families and community.
- Three day professional workshop for math teachers
- Adaptive schools training for department chairs and cohort leads
- Parent Liaison evening for EL families
- Post-Secondary planning and financial aid awareness evening events for students and families
- Volunteer and Job Fair
- Coordinate meetings in support of student transition for continued education; vocational training, and workplace skills and employment
- Learning lab for student remediation
- Math lab each scheduled block for content support
- Homework club after school three days per week supported by honor society students to provide needed support for students
- School based professional development based on identified school needs (substance abuse awareness; restorative practices; mental health; SIOP; team teaching; strategies for working with challenging classroom)
- PEER students work with local elementary school
- Panther Panel students present to the rising 9th middle school students about disabilities and supports available at high school.
- Curriculum and Rising 9th Parent Night
- College Application Boot Camp featuring a writing application essay seminar facilitated by two English teachers
Areas of Strength
Summary statements for domains providing evidence of analysis of trend data over a 3-year period and data triangulation to confirm areas of strength. Provide a clear connection between outcomes and contributing factors.
- Staff survey reflects an increase of 25% from 2016-2017 to 2017-2018 in seven components of Collaborative Working Relationships, such as collaboration among faculty and professional trust reflecting the largest increase of 46% and 33% respectively.
- Parent survey reflects stronger performance in relationships and safety category as evidenced by performance at/exceeding/or slightly below LCPS HS averages.
- While many staff survey results are slightly below the county HS average, nearly every category showed an increase from 2016/17.
- Collaborative working relationships category only 1% below county HS average. Representing a significant increase from PFH previous staff survey. This is a result of a direct focus on our professional learning community work and empowerment of teachers through decision making and creative freedom.
- Teacher responsibility for learning exceeds the county HS average in some categories and is only 3% below overall also a direct result of empowerment of teachers.
Areas for Growth
Summary statements for domains providing evidence of analysis of trend data over a 3-year period and data triangulation to confirm areas of concern. Provide a clear connection between outcomes and contributing factors.
- English (Students with Disabilities-see Accreditation Report) Report indicates that in the Reading SOL for 2015 18% passed Advanced, 56% Proficient, 2016 11% Passed Advanced, 58% Proficient, and in 2017 10% passed Advanced, 63% Proficient.
- Math (ALL-See Accreditation Report) Report indicates for 2015 78% Proficiency, 2016 74% Proficiency, and 2017 70% Proficiency.
- English Reading (ELs-See Federal Accountability Report) Report indicates for 2015 3% Advanced Proficient, 78% Proficient, 2016 67% Proficient, and 2017 5% Advanced Proficient, and 64% Proficient.
- Chronic Absenteeism (ALL-See Federal Accountability Report): For the 2017-2018 school year the number of students absent between 0-9% was 80.6%, 10-14% was 8.9%, 15-19% was 4.3%, 20% or more 6.2%.
- FGI 4 Year Rate (Hispanic, Economically Disadvantaged, English Learners-See Federal Accountability Report)
- Student Relations: The results of the overall student relations indicates to be at a 58%. The percentage per grade level are as follows: 9th grade 48%, 10th grade 60%, 11th grade 59%, and 12th grade 67%.
- PBL (Lessons connected to real world-See Annual Student Surveys): The results of the overall lessons connected to real world indicates to be at a 71%. The percentage per grade level are as follows: 9th grade 30%, 10th grade 54%, 11th grade 50%, and 12th grade 47%.