The Department of Federal and Special Programs coordinates several federal and state education programs within the school district. Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 provides funding to school districts to help ensure that all children, particularly those who are most academically at-risk, meet challenging state academic standards. Schools participating in the Title I program receive funds based on the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals. Title I programs are designed to ensure high standards for all, increase quality instructional time, improve instruction through professional development, enhance parent participation in the educational process, expand educational resources, and strengthen accountability.
Sixty-four schools within Gwinnett County Public Schools receive Title I funding. Of these, 42 are elementary schools, 12 are middle schools, eight are high schools, and two are alternative schools. There are 63 schools offering a schoolwide program and one school offering a targeted-assistance program. In a schoolwide program, all students, teachers, and parents benefit from the supplemental resources and support afforded by Title I funds. In a targeted assistance program, funding can only be used to support students identified as most academically at-risk, their parents, and the teachers who serve them.
Each Title I school has a Parent Instructional Coordinator (PIC) and/or an Assistant Principal (AP) contact assigned to support the specific needs of families in Title I schools. The PIC/AP ensures that resources and materials are available for checkout so that families can further support student academic achievement in the home. Each Title I school hosts workshops and events for parents throughout the school year that focus on providing the tools needed to help their children master academic skills at home. These workshops occur both during the daytime hours and in the evenings. Please visit the school’s website to view the Family Engagement Calendar of Events that outlines the dates and times of Title I workshops and schoolwide events.
For additional information, please refer to Section 1118 of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) or the United States Department of Education web site.