School Strategic Planning
The School Strategic Plan (SSP) establishes the long-term outcomes and short-term goals for a school. The SSP is developed collaboratively by the principal, the school's leadership team and faculty, and the School Governance Council. Approving the SSP is one of the key responsibilities of a School Governance Council.
The development of the SSP typically takes about six months and includes multiple processes: conducting a needs assessment (environmental scan and organizational assessment), setting outcomes and goals, developing strategic initiatives, and establishing a monitoring plan. Through the SSP process, a school prioritizes its goals and work for the next few years, allowing it to shift resources to prioritized initiatives. FCS charter system schools must first complete the SSP before submitting Requests for Flexibility (RFFs) or Seed Fund applications.
Schools' SSPs can be found on their school websites. Or, to access multiple SSPs, visit SGC Center. Note that currently only Cohort 1 and 2 schools have SSPs. Cohort 3 schools will develop their SSPs beginning in the spring of 2015.