At Flowery Branch Elementary we embrace the Whole Child Initiative. We believe that every child at Flowery Branch Elementary School deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.  For our recent efforts towards improved health we have received the following awards; Bronze status with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Georgia Governor’s SHAPE honor roll- Platinum level and National recognition from the Let’s Move; Active School initiative.  Our school culture supports and reinforces the health and well-being of each student by participating in daily brain breaks, exercising with the Jammin’ minute during the morning announcements, teaching healthy choices through the HealthMPowers program, and daily recess.

Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.  Our physical, emotional, academic, and social school climate is safe, friendly, and student-centered.  Our character education program, Core Essentials, guides us through monthly value words and our school-wide discipline program. Each day students strive for the “Big 3”; Treating Others Right, Making Smart Decisions and Maximizing your Potential.  Our students feel valued, respected, and cared for and are motivated to learn. Our students learn about personal safety through our school’s health program, Good Touch Bad Touch, Stand Up and Be Safe and instruction on internet safety. Our school climate, curriculum, and instruction reflect both high expectations and an understanding of child growth and development.

Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.  Our teachers use active learning strategies, such as cooperative learning and project-based learning.  Our school uses curriculum-related experiences such as field trips and outreach projects to complement and extend our curriculum and instruction.  Our curriculum and instruction promotes students’ understanding of the real-world and application of learned content.  Our school expects and prepares students to assume age-appropriate responsibility for learning through effective decision making and goal setting.

Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported  by qualified, caring adults.  Our school personalizes learning with differentiated lessons and activities.  Our teachers use a range of diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment tasks to monitor student progress and adjust teaching-learning activities to maximize student progress.  Our school ensures that adult-student relationships support and encourage each student’s academic and personal growth.  Each student has access to school counselors and other structured academic, social, and emotional support systems.  Our school staff understands and makes curricular, instructional, and school improvement decisions based on child development and student performance information.  Our school personnel welcome and include all families as partners in their children’s education and significant members of the school community.  Every member of our school staff is well qualified and properly credentialed.

Each student in our school is challenged and has access to challenging, comprehensive curriculum in a variety of content areas.  Our curriculum and instruction provide opportunities for students to develop critical-thinking, reasoning skills, and problem solving competencies.  Our school collects and uses qualitative and quantitative data to support student academic and personal growth.  Our curriculum, instruction, and assessment demonstrate high expectations for each student.