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Strategic Plan

Mission and Vision


Together, we empower Elma Eagles to reach new heights, fostering a culture of excellence, belonging, and lifelong learning in our community.


The Elma School District envisions a future where every Elma Eagle takes flight, equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resilience to navigate their unique journeys, contribute meaningfully to their communities, and embrace opportunities that await.

Portrait of an Elma Eagle

Empowering all students for success means more than academic achievement.

Groups of parents, community leaders, local business owners, educators, and students have established a set of attributes that define a unified, collective vision for Elma youth.

Together, we will prepare all Elma students for success now and in life after graduation.

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Social and Emotional Learning

All students find meaning and purpose behind their education.

We value the holistic development of our Elma Eagles, fostering their social and emotional well-being as they explore their passions. We will nurture resilient, engaged learners by integrating social and emotional learning into the fabric of our educational environment, promoting a positive and inclusive climate, and providing targeted support services. Measurement indicators may include social-emotional assessments, student surveys on well-being, and disciplinary incident reports.

Our goal is to improve student sense of belonging and value of education to over 40% district-wide by June 2024.

  • Step 1 - Connect educational programs to students' post-secondary and life goals.
  • Step 2 - Use Mastery-Based Learning to begin integrating learning opportunities to meet individual student learning goals.
  • Step 3 - Identify student learning interests and increase programming options for students.

Student Perception Survey Findings

Student Perception Survey Grades 3-5
Topic Percent Favorable Compared to Others Nationally
Valuing of School 67% 60-79th percentile
School Safety 66% 60-79th percentile
Sense of Belonging 57% 40-59th percentile


Student Perception Survey Grades 6-12
Topic Percent Favorable Compared to Others Nationally
School Safety 64% 60-79th percentile
Valuing of School 39% 0-19th percentile
Sense of Belonging 32% 0-19th percentile

Early Learning

All students enter Kindergarten ready.

We are dedicated to ensuring that every Elma Eagle takes off on their educational journey with a strong foundation. Through comprehensive early learning programs, family engagement initiatives, and community partnerships, we will equip our students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in kindergarten and beyond. Measurement indicators may include developmental screenings, kindergarten readiness assessments, and parent satisfaction surveys.

Our goal is to improve Kindergarten Readiness Rate from 35% to over 50% by the 2024 WA Kids Assessment.

  • Step 1 - Identify 'Kindergarten Readiness' standards
  • Step 2 - Break standards down into student-centered format
  • Step 3 - Build partnerships with Early Learning Partners and Families
  • Step 4 - Provide support to Early Learning Partners and Families in meeting Kindergarten Readiness standards.

Elma Early Learning Eagles

Badges for kindergarteners who read books

Mastery-Based Learning

All students to grade level – all students will make one year's growth in one year's time.

We aim for every Elma Eagle to reach new heights and achieve grade-level proficiency in all grade level/subject standards. By implementing personalized and mastery-based learning approaches, we will tailor instruction to meet individual student needs, provide ongoing feedback, and offer targeted interventions when necessary. Measurement indicators may include regular formative assessments through Empower, standardized tests, and progress monitoring data through iReady.

Our goal is that all students will make a minimum of one-year academic growth across all grade levels from prior year assessments; the percentage of students to standards must remain consistent with the previous year.

  • Step 1 - Identity academic standards students must meet each year.
  • Step 2 - Ensure alignment of student learning activities to academic standards.
  • Step 3 - Vertically align standards across grade levels.
  • Step 4 - Integrate academic standards across content areas to provide holistic support.

Career and College Readiness

All students graduate career, college, and life ready.

We strive to empower every Elma Eagle to navigate their post-graduation path confidently, whether pursuing a career or further education. We will ensure our students are well-prepared for success beyond high school through rigorous academic programs, career exploration opportunities, and comprehensive guidance and counseling services. Measurement indicators could include graduation, post-secondary enrollment, career pathway participation, and alumni success stories.

Our goal is to improve post-secondary going rate from 33% to 40% by Spring 2024.

  • Step 1 - Identify student post-secondary pathways.
  • Step 2 - Build post-secondary dual credit articulations aligned to student pathways.
  • Step 3 - All students will earn a minimum of twelve dual credits aligned to a post-secondary pathway.
  • Step 4 - Remove extrinsic barriers to students post-secondary transition plans; FAFSA, Applications, etc.

College and Career Readiness Projects

  • Arizona State University partnership
  • "On the Spot" admission
  • FASFA filing in school
  • Launch of advisory group
  • Accreditation of Alternative School
  • Launch of registered apprenticeship
  • Expansion of Career Pathways – NAC, Forestry

Mastery-Based Learning Tenants in the Career Pathways

  • Students have multiple opportunities and ways to learn specific content and demonstrate proficiency/mastery.
  • Development of student agency is a central focus in addition to proficiency with academic content.
  • Every student can succeed given the right educational experiences and support when they need it.

College and Career Readiness Assessment

College Readiness
Indicator of College Readiness % of Students
Dual Credit ELA or Math 29.83%
GPA of 2.8 or higher 48.62%
Completed Algebra II or higher 36.36%
Graduates meeting the requirements to be accepted into a 4-year institution 25.7%
Career Readiness
Indicators of Career Readiness % of Students
Freshman Attendance 51.93%
2+ Activities 25.97%
CTE Dual Credit Course 71.27%
Graduates who have met the requirements for introductory employment 66.23%


Universally-Designed Learning

Instruction designed to meet students where they are at.

We embrace the power of universally designed learning, ensuring that each Elma Eagle receives the personalized support they need to reach their full potential. Through differentiated instruction, assistive technologies, and inclusive practices, we will meet students where they are and guide them toward their individual learning goals. Measurement indicators could include evidence of differentiated instruction strategies, student growth data, and success in meeting personalized targets.

Our goal is to increase the time students on IEPs receive services inside their general education classrooms from 5% to 15% by 2024.

  • Step 1 - Identify types of learning supports needed by students.
  • Step 2 - Provide scaffolding supports to academic teachers in supporting students in General Education Classrooms.
  • Step 3 - Restructure special education teacher time from working with students to working with students and teachers to provide supports for students.