Discovery Elementary

Loudoun County Public Schools

Comprehensive Needs Assessment - Executive Summary

44020 Grace Bridge Drive, Ashburn, VA 20147

571-252-2370

https://www.lcps.org/des

Christopher Painter

LCPS School Profile

Virginia School Quality Profile

School Improvement Plan

Stakeholder Input

  • Teachers
  • Building Administrators
  • Central Office Administrators
  • Parents / Guardians
  • Community Members
  • Business Partners
  • Others (specify):

Instructional Overview

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.

Discovery is in its 6th year and we currently have approximately 850 students in grades PK - 5th.  We believe in responsive instruction and provide Tier 2 and 3 intervention to students in both reading and math.  Currently, we are part of LCPS cohort 1 for Responsive Instruction, as well as we are currently in year 3 of our Personalized Learning journey.  This year we have expanded this philosophy to our entire school population.  This journey has allowed us to focus our instructional practices to individual students.  For the 2018-2019 school year, Discovery has provided a student learning device to all students in 3rd through 5th grade.

Extended Learning Opportunities

Provide information to describe extended learning opportunities for students, staff, families and community.

Discovery has an active PTO that provides multiple extended social events for our community, as well as our school hosts a Multi-cultural Night, Reading Under the Stars, Trick or Treating and Popsicles in the Park.  These events help establish a sense of community and school spirit for our students.  As well as a Discovery hosts after school programs for chorus, percussion, running club, and SOL remediation.

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.

Discovery Elementary is considered a fully accredited elementary school.  There are many areas of strength that we are proud to highlight.  As a school we have a 90% pass rate for both Reading and Mathematics on the Standards of Learning assessment.  Discovery also has a 94.5% attendance rate and 100% of surveyed students in grades 3-5 know that their teachers care about them and are positive examples on how to behave appropriately.  This also indicates that our PBIS Tier interventions are strong and successful for many students in the building.  Last year, Discovery only have 72 office referrals.  Finally, another factor to our school’s success is our technology innovation, over 90% of students and staff feel that technology has a positive impact on student learning.

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.

Discovery Elementary has several areas that could be viewed as opportunities for continued growth for our school community and students. Currently black students in grades 3-5 are passing the Standards of Learning Test at a rate of 66% for Math and 77% for Reading.  As well as students with disabilities are passing at a rate of 69% for Math.  Often these to sub group family populations are not engaged with the our school or teachers.  Our students with disabilities are absent at a rate of almost 11% which is the 2nd highest of any subgroup population.   When reviewing discipline these 2 sub-groups are also disproportionate comparatively to the rest of our student body.  Black students make up 44.4% of all discipline referrals and students with disabilities represent 53% of referrals.  Finally, with regards to reviewing our MAP summary reports, both black and students with disabilities displayed the lowest conditional growth percentile in comparison to other students with similar profiles.