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The Purpose

School improvement planning provides a mechanism for identifying needs and establishing a common approach to meeting those needs at the school level. School Improvement is based on a continuous improvement model using research-based accepted best practices and based on the school's unique student needs.  

A School Improvmeent Plan is created each year and developed by school improvement teams which includes teachers, staff and parents.  The job of the school improvement team is to lead the development of a school improvement plan that addresses student achievement needs, to monitor the implementation of the plan, and to revise it when appropriate.



Bay Elementary School is accredited school by AdvancED.   AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Their goal isn’t to certify that educational institutions are good enough.   Rather, their commitment is to help these institutions continuously improve.

Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, AdvancED serves as a trusted partner to 34,000 educational institutions—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations. AdvancED was created through a 2006 merger of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2012.

Parent Advisory & Participation

The Bay Elementary School Improvement Plan includes parent representatives on all "teams" or committees.  The purpose is to provide on-going support, decision making, and collaboration with all stakeholders in Bay Elementary School for continuous improvement.  The school's parent organization, Bay Boosters, Inc., is founded on a partnership with the school.  The school's principal serves as a voting member on the organization's executive board and the  organization'sleadership serves as voting members on the School Improvement Teams.
Mary Bess Wilson is the parent representative for the Walton County School District's Advisory Council (DAC).  Karley Conoway is the school representative for the DAC.   The DAC meets throughout the school year and is part of the School Improvement Plan approval process for all schools in Walton County School District.