School Improvement Plan (SIIP)

Outcome goals for this academic school year

Fairfax County Public Schools

School Innovation and Improvement Plan At-a-Glance


South County High School

Region IV

Gary Morris, Principal


End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By June 2021, 80% of returning students to South County (grades 10-12) who have been identified as having two or more “At-Hope” indicators will decrease by one or more indicators.

 Students will be identified by two or more of the following data indicators:

•Attendance - 12 or more unexcused or excused absences in prior year.

•Two or more D/F’s in prior year

•Suspended out-of-school prior year one or more times

•Earned fewer than six High School credits previous year

•Cumulative GPA below 2.0

Strategy 1

Teaching staff will provide high quality Tier I instruction.

Strategy 2

Continued support of the Saturday Minority Student Achievement Program and encouraging students to attend to receive additional tutoring and instruction in specific content.

Strategy 3

Focus on “On-Time Attendance” - Periodic messaging from Student Leadership and Student Council to bring the student voice into forefront about the impacts of poor attendance vs good attendance.  Frequent attendance data checks and discussions with administrators, counselors, teachers, students, and families to address attendance issues.


End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By June 2021, South County students will collectively improve their ability to effectively communicate and develop into goal-directed and resilient individuals as evidence by a 1.0 deviation increase on our pre and post Portrait of Graduate self-reflection assessment.

Strategy 1 

Portrait Of a Graduate skills will be displayed and discussed daily.

Strategy 2

Portrait of a Graduate standards and rubrics will be implemented into student assessments.


End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By June 2021, the percent of students feeling connected to an adult, activity or peer group will increase by 50%  as measured by a pre and post assessment self-reporting survey.

Strategy 1

Create avenues for students to establish connections with mentors and other individuals in and around South County.

Strategy 2

Increase opportunities for participation in activities for students.


End of Year SMARTR Outcome

By June 2021, SCHS will investigate, define and align its academic advising protocol across the school to ensure equity and access to higher level courses for all students.

Strategy 1

Create common philosophy, metrics and methods by which teachers and counselors academically advise students and in ways that encourage students to take courses of increased rigor.

Strategy 2

Identify and promote all Young Scholars to enroll in an HN or AP course for the 2021-2022 school year.

Click Here to access a printable version of the SIIP At A Glance Document. For additional information regarding this School Improvement Plan, please contact the school principal.