School Improvement Plan


School Name: Armatage Montessori
School Number: 103
Grades Served: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
Principal: Joan Franks
Phone: 612.668.3180
Fax: 612.668.3190
Street Address: 2501 W. 56th St., Minneapolis, 55410

School staff involved in SIP planning or progress monitoring:
Joan Franks, Principal
Jasper Jonson, Assistant Principal
Marjorie Nadler, Instructional Specialist
Michele Lehmbecker, Kindergarten Teacher
Denise Clare, Grade 1-2 Teacher
Tina Swift, Grade 3 Teacher
Ralph Sievert, Grade 4-5 Teacher
David Luiken, ELL Teacher
Lynette Clark, SPED Resource Teacher
Staci Owens, Grade 4-5 Teacher

Other staff, families, or community members involved in SIP planning or progress monitoring:
Megan Connors, Family Member
Monisha Chakrapani, Family Member
Meg O'Hara, Family Member
Scott Staab, Family Member
Meghan Eliason, Family Member
Jennifer Englund, Family Member



Together, our school is working to achieve the following goals.

Reading Achievement goal: By May 2021, the MCA proficiency rate for All Students will increase from 83 % to 84%.

Reading Achievement goal: By May 2021, the MCA proficiency rate for African American/Black students will increase from 47% to 52%.

Math Achievement goal: By May 2021, the MCA proficiency rate for African American/Black students will increase from 45% to 50%.

Math Achievement goal: By May 2021, the MCA proficiency rate for All Students will increase from 83% to 84%.



To reach our school improvement goals, we will utilize the following evidence-based strategies.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

Description: MTSS is a comprehensive, evidence-based prevention framework. Within MTSS, multiple levels of support are provided to support the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral development of all students. Through it, all students are giving access to inclusive and equitable educational practices that minimize opportunity gaps.

We have selected this strategy for the following reasons: As an ILT and a staff we have determined that MTSS, Multi tiered systems of support will help us close the achievement gap at Armatage Montessori. We want to have a more systematic approach to identifying student needs and addressing them through core instruction and systematic interventions. This will impact both math and literacy instruction at Armatage Montessori.


Description: Educational equity means raising the achievement of all students while narrowing the gaps between the lowest and highest performing students, and eliminating the racial or cultural predictability and disproportionality of which student groups currently occupy the highest and lowest achievement categories across all measures.

We have selected this strategy for the following reasons: Based on feedback from our SEL/Equity team, ILT and the staff, we are going to focus on equity as one of our SIP goals. Based on our achievement data, we have a significant gap between our white students and our students of color at Armatage Montessori. This is especially true of our African American students. There is a 40-45% difference between our achievement in both reading and math. We are going to address this through MTSS as well as through an emphasis on equity.



Throughout the year, teams of administrators, teacher leaders, and other staff will track how we're doing with putting our school improvement strategies into place to improve student outcomes and achieve equity.

We will use best practices from implementation science to ensure we're successfully completing each step of the installation and implementation process. As we work through this process with each of our strategies, we'll set a goal for what successful implementation looks like, and we'll make sure we're giving staff the training, resources, and support they need to meet that goal. We'll check in on a regular basis with whether we're meeting those goals and will communicate out our progress to our staff and larger school community.

At the end of the year, we'll complete an Annual Evaluation to reflect on how we did with implementing our school improvement strategies, which will include looking at student outcome data to see if we're making progress toward achieving our school improvement goals.

If we determine that our school improvement strategies or improvement process is not helping us make progress toward our goals, we will work with our stakeholders to change course, because we are always striving to make sure that every student in our school is successful.


Family and community members can contact our school's main telephone number with any questions or comments about our improvement plan and progress. In addition, there are a number of ways that family members of any MPS student can be involved in school improvement, including: participating in Site Council, reaching out to a school's principal or assistant principal(s) directly, and attending parent-teacher conferences. We look forward to working with you this year!