Dear Students, Staff, Families, and Residents,
I want to welcome students, staff, and families back to school for the 2019-2020 school year! Today was a great first day! Thank you to the PTOs, parents, and local businesses for being so generous and thank you parents for bringing us your students ready to learn!
As we begin the 2019-2020 school year in Grandview Heights Schools, our mission to maximize and personalize every student’s learning continues to be our top priority. Strengthening our district academically and operationally are priorities as well.
As part of our continuous improvement plan, we have three main goals to help us meet our mission: evolve curriculum and teaching methods, create personalized learning experiences, and design and implement innovative learning spaces in our facilities.
Academically, our district continues to make progress as reflected on the preliminary, unofficial release of the most recent state report card and other academic measures. Grandview Heights Schools will likely earn a Performance Index Score of 105.1, which once again likely would be the highest in Franklin County. We also anticipate earning an overall A on the state report card which would put Grandview Heights Schools in a small, yet very elite group of districts throughout the state. Additionally, 100% of our students met the Third Grade Reading Guarantee Threshold.
Operationally, safety enhancements and ADA access, as part of the Facilities Master Plan, remain a top priority of the district. Grandview Heights Schools has updated phone systems and installed more cameras throughout the district as well as made changes to improve ADA access for the coming school year. For the third year in a row, we have participated in ALICE training and proudly hold the top participation rate in the country for a school district.
Finally, progress continues on the design of the new and renovated schools. We invite you to join us for our next community meeting on August 21, at 7:30 p.m. or Thursday, August 22, at 9 a.m. in the John Glenn Commons located in Larson Middle School located at 1240 Oakland Avenue.
It is with pride and anticipation that we begin this school year and I am privileged to serve as your superintendent. With our efforts to meet our district’s goals and with the help of such a supportive community, Grandview Heights Schools will continue to be “A Small Place to Dream Big.”
Andy Culp, Superintendent