SGISD Core Beliefs
CORE BELIEFS AND ATTITUDES OF SGISD STUDENTS
FOCUS ON HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, AND CAREER
We believe that high school, college and career preparation starts immediately upon enrollment. Every student in SGISD will understand that their hard work and focused dedication will prepare them to attend, succeed in and graduate from high school and college. College and career is infused in every facet of the school: from classrooms named after staff alma maters to college field lessons.
INTENSE FOCUS ON LITERACY, TECHNOLOGY, AND MATH
Studies show that success in literacy, technology and math in school are the strongest predictors of success in college. SGISD students spend extensive time in all three core areas – EVERY DAY!
TUTORING FOR ALL STUDENTS
The academic expectations are rigorous at SGISD. Many students may enter performing behind grade level, and even those students who start on grade level are likely to struggle somewhere along their path to college. As a result, SGISD provides small group and/or individual tutoring for struggling students. All students participating in extra-curricular activities must attend tutorials before attending practice, if needed. Much of this tutoring time is built into the academic school day through pullouts. Additional tutoring for struggling students will be available before/after school and, if necessary, during Saturday School.
HIGH BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
We firmly believe that learning cannot occur in chaos. All students at SGISD are held to high behavioral expectations. A detailed Code of Conduct, with a reward and punishment system, is adhered to in all classrooms. The highest performing schools in the country continue to prove that students learn best in a structured and consistent environment. We also believe good behavior should be explicitly taught and rewarded. Staff should go out of the way to recognize students who exhibit positive and scholarly behavior.
FREQUENT COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
At SGISD, we believe parents are critical partners in their student’s education. Parents/guardians receive weekly progress reports detailing student behavior and academics. Staff contact families, at minimum, once every two weeks to discuss how their students are progressing. Additionally, it is our policy to respond to all non-emergency phone calls and emails within 24 hours of receipt.