HCS Strategic Plan

  • The mission of Homewood City Schools is to educate and empower all students to maximize their unique potential.
    Who We Are:  Homewood City Schools is a student-centered system enriched by tradition, vision, and compassionate spirit.  Our mission is ensured by a dedicated, exemplary staff; a supportive, involved community; an appreciation for diversity; an effective use of resources; and an uncompromising commitment to excellence.

    We Believe:
    Diversity enriches our community and enhances learning
    High expectations foster excellence
    Innovation creates pathways to engagement, exploration, and relevance
    A culture of support rooted in relationships

    Strategy I - Instructional Formats
    We will implement flexible instructional formats that remove barriers and allow diverse learners to achieve targeted learning that maximizes attainment of each learner’s full potential.

    Action Plan 1: Strengthen vertical and horizontal communication among all stakeholders across grade levels and schools to promote a common understanding of mastery
    Action Plan 2: Promote a culture that deems career exploration to be a vital component of student success
    Action Plan 3: Develop a system to strengthen advocacy and intervention efforts for all students
    Action Plan 4: Use research, best practices, and data for determining the effectiveness of instructional formats and programs
    Action Plan 5: Utilize structures that promote personalized student learning

    Strategy II - Learning Spaces
    We will guarantee flexible learning spaces and facilities equipped with state-of-the-art resources to accommodate a growing student population.

    Action Plan 1:  Continue to assess and implement what is needed to provide flexible learning spaces with state-of-the-art resources to accommodate a growing student population

    Strategy III - Resources
    We will prioritize the needs of students and allocate the use of resources based on those needs.

    Action Plan 1:  Ensure a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff throughout the school day and at school functions
    Action Plan 2:  Enhance efforts to recruit and retain high quality classroom teachers
    Action Plan 3: Achieve optimal class size
    Action Plan 4:  Provide students with applicable learning opportunities outside the standard curriculum while providing age appropriate and real world learning experiences

    Strategy IV - Technology
    We will establish a student-centered learning environment where relevant, purposeful integration of technology promotes the development of responsible, critical thinkers who will contribute to a global society.

    Action Plan 1: Promote opportunities for students to broaden technology literacy and to utilize technology as a platform to create products and resources and to communicate and collaborate with others
    Action Plan 2:  Evaluate, implement, and utilize the most relevant technology resources and provide appropriate training for teachers, administrators, and students
    Action Plan 3: Develop students who utilize technology in a responsible manner with the ability to interact appropriately, create authentic products, and evaluate the credibility of sources in a digital environment

    Strategy V - Wellness
    We will provide support for students, staff, and families to achieve optimal physical, emotional, and social wellness.

    Action Plan 1:  Inspire the pursuit of active lifestyles and balanced nutrition
    Action Plan 2:  Promote, develop and support emotional and social wellness

    Strategy VI - Professional Learning
    We will promote professional learning and design activities that focus on best practices.

    Action Plan 1: We will incorporate teacher voice in the planning, prioritizing, and funding of professional development
    Action Plan 2:  Design a support structure that maximizes professional learning, collaboration, and a commitment to continuous improvement for all teachers
    Action Plan 3:  Interpret and utilize data when considering quality professional learning needs and opportunities (professional learning of teachers--improve your own practice)
    Action Plan 4: Design a professional development framework that maximizes effective use of resources