The mission of Francis Howell School District is to prepare students today for success tomorrow. In an effort to make this mission a reality, the District is continually improving academic achievement at all levels. One improvement method the District has embraced that has made a positive impact in increasing student learning, as measured by Missouri School Improvement Plan’s Annual Performance Report is Professional Learning Communities. Learn more about Professional Learning Communities here.

Under the State’s accreditation process, known as the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP), school districts from across the state will be provided an Annual Performance Report (APR). The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education annually collects and analyzes data for the performance standards as part of the accreditation process.  The second MSIP 5 accreditation classifications will be made in the fall of 2016, using the APRs from 2014, 2015, and 2016.

The APR requires the District to meet a stringent set of academic requirements in five key areas. These requirements include a review of the district’s academic achievement, subgroup achievement, college and career readiness, attendance and the graduation rate.

The standards used in the accreditation process also determine the District’s eligibility for the “Accredited with Distinction Award,” which is based on academic achievement and progress. Previously, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) honored the District with the “Distinction in Performance Award” for academic achievement and progress under the MSIP 4 standards. The District will be notified with the release of the first APR as to our standings in the new “Accredited with Distinction Award” following the MSIP 5 standards.

Supporting the District's academic achievement results is the District's commitment to Professional Learning Communities.  One of the chief tenets of the learning community concept is the focus on learning rather than teaching. With this results oriented focus, Francis Howell is engaging students, teachers, and administrators simultaneously in learning. By continually involving teachers in professional development and learning activities, student learning increases. 

Another important component of Professional Learning Communities is regular collaboration time, which provides teachers time to work together, share knowledge, and contribute ideas to support student learning. Through this collaboration process, teachers are better prepared to respond to the needs of students and are empowered to take action to improve student achievement for all students. 

As a learning community, Francis Howell School District will continue to foster high levels of achievement by offering a quality curriculum and effective instructional practices. To learn more about the State of Missouri’s MSIP 5, click here for additional information.