Utica Community Schools is celebrated for student achievement that consistently surpasses county, state and national benchmarks.
UCS instructional programs and educators earn countless awards statewide and nationally year after year. Our most recent graduation rate stands above 95 percent, with the majority of our students pursuing postsecondary education.
Maintaining this level of excellence does not happen by accident, but rather through continuous improvement actions to accelerate the high educational standards our community expects and deserves.
Following the challenges of the past few years, the district’s priority going forward is to assure every student has what he or she needs to fully engage academically and accelerate for success at their own level of ability.
Aligned with these efforts, we have initiated a collaborative process of strategic planning and continuous improvement. You may ask, what does this mean and how will this work?
UCS Empowered is an integrated tool for consistent deep analysis of current and future student needs at each grade level across our 36 schools and myriad of programs, taking into consideration what is working well and what may require change.
Simply put, the steps in the UCS Empowered process are:
- Assess needs
- Develop and implement an action plan
- Monitor progress
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation and outcomes
UCS Empowered activities will advance from information gathering to establishing goals, identifying and implementing action plans and finally, measuring and monitoring results. Our work will focus on a defined number of achievable goals to deliver high-quality experiences for students.
Periodic updates will follow throughout the process to keep you informed of our progress.
The Strategic Planning Process
Vision and Mission
Strategic Planning Data Workbook