School Learning Plan
Findley Elementary School
School Learning Plan
Findley Elementary School is a diverse elementary school serving a student population of approximately 530 students. Our students and families come from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including but not limited to; Japanese, Chinese, Indian, German, Arabic, Israeli and many other Western European countries. Our community represents more than 35 languages. The majority of our English Language Learners are bilingual and are quick to become proficient in English. Currently, we serve 25 students on IEPs, 10 who have a 504 plan for accommodations. Coming into this year, we have 100 students identified as Talented and Gifted. Less than 5% of our student population qualifies for free and reduced lunch.
We offer a variety of programs to meet our students’ diverse individual learning needs. Programs offered at Findley include, but are not limited to: intervention, ELL services (co-teach model), TAG, and SPED. Teachers collaborate regularly in order to provide differentiated core instruction within a workshop model. As a former PYP school, much of the learning is presented through the lens of inquiry, within a workshop model which easily allows for differentiation.
We support the whole child by embedding social emotional learning throughout the day. Schoolwide, we use the Zones of Regulation to help students identify how they are feeling and how to manage emotions both big and small. Through the use of community circles, calming spaces, breathing and movement, Kindness in the Classroom lessons, Sanford Harmony supplements, and relationship building with staff and peers; students learn to manage themselves and their emotions but also know they can seek support from all adults in the building when they are struggling or in need of support.
There is an active and robust parent community here at Findley. Our PTO sponsors a variety of programs in our school through once a year fundraising efforts. Enrichment programs and events they provide and sponsor have included the following: Findley Flyers, Passport Club, Art Literacy, Science Fair, Math Olympiad, Fall Festival, Carnival, Battle of the Books, and the Dragon Dash. Additionally, they support both actual and virtual field trips for all grades, author visits and many other aspects of our instructional program including books, materials and classroom subscriptions. The majority of our students have access to a variety of after school programs and enrichment opportunities outside of the school day. Many participate in academic clubs, music programs and/or sports activities.
Findley is home to a stable faculty. Our teacher turnover rate is 10% and staff report a strong desire to remain in the building. The average number of years people have been working at Findley is a little over 9 years.
Date of Last Revision: November 15, 2022
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
WE Expect Excellence
- WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
- WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
- WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
- WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
- WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
- WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
- WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
- WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.