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School Improvement


JHS participates in year round continuous learning that entails five primary factors.

Unified Improvement Plan:

JHS’s Unified Improvement Plan is developed by using multiple data points such as academic achievement, school attendance, climate and culture, and stakeholder satisfaction/perception. The input of all staff members and a group of external stakeholders provide guidance on areas of improvement. The most current Unified Improvement Plan can be found publicly on SchoolView.


Individualized Growth Plans:

All staff members create professional growth plans that focus on self identified areas of improvement. Growth plans provide a foundation for planning for training and development opportunities. Staff members work in small groups and share their ideas and progress towards improvement efforts.


Professional Development:

Professional development activities promote life-long learning and provide a platform for staff to focus on continuous improvement. Staff members participate in professional development activities for a minimum of twenty hours a year. School wide needs and initiatives, observation and self-reflection data, and Professional Effectiveness Standards are the indicators that guide professional development. JHS staff participated in 35 hours of continuous learning in the 2019-2020 school year which are outlined on the Professional Development Calendar.


All professional development activities are: 
  • Intentional 
  • Tied to goals and needs 
  • Improve program quality
  • Utilize evidence based research and best practices
  • Linked to specific Measures

Types of professional development activities: 
  • District trainings 
  • Conferences and workshops 
  • Mentoring and coaching 
  • Staff meetings and work sessions

Experiential learning for professionals: 
  • Hands-on 
  • Learning by doing 
  • Reflection for self-growth and discovery 
Activities include: 
  • Interviewing 
  • Observing 
  • Preparing and overseeing projects with peers 
  • Facilitation of professional development sessions


Staff Improvement Model:

The Staff Improvement Model is year long and consists of four factors which are Growth Plans, Peer Support, Evaluations, and Feedback. At the beginning of the school year, all staff members participate in the development and sharing of Professional Growth Plans. During the school year and in pairs, staff members share their work progress and they provide peer to peer feedback. Throughout the year, school leadership conducts formal Evaluations and provide feedback. At the end of the year celebration, staff members present their personal growth journey along with JHS’s overall improvement efforts.

In adherence with Colorado’s SB 10-191 legislation on educator evaluations, JHS uses BVSD’s Educator Effectiveness Model to guide the evaluative process.

The Educator Effectiveness Model process consists of:

  • Gathering baseline data for student performance through formative assessments 
  • Peer to peer and administrative observations of the classroom environment 
  • Collection of data and progress monitoring of students and teachers 
  • Dialogue and problem solving among teachers and administrators 
  • Professional development to support continuous improvement initiatives


School Accountability Report:

In accordance with the Education Accountability Act of 2009 (SB 09-163) as amended by HB18-1355,  the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) in conjunction with Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) establish school performance standards and expectations for JHS. 

The current School Performance Framework (SPF) outcomes display a rating of Performance

To display the outcomes of JHS’s pursuit of excellence, CDE’s criteria and the outcomes for the last year are outlined below.

School Performance Framework (SPF) Outcomes (CDE, 2019):

Performance          60% & up             
Improvement 47% to 59%
Priority Improvement 33% to 46%
Turnaround 0% to 32 %


JHS 2019 Outcomes:

4 Accountability Measures Points Earned: 64.43%
Academic Achievement 75.0% Meets
Academic Growth 66.2% Meets
Student Engagement 50.0% Approaching
Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness 66.7% Meets