Title 1 Program
Title l provides funding to schools with high numbers of students that qualify for free and/or reduced priced lunches to help ensure that all children meet challenging Common Core State Standards. The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic standards.
Title l is designed to reinforce and supplement efforts to improve teaching and learning for students farthest from meeting the standards. Individual public schools with poverty rates above 40% may use Title l funds, along with other federal, state, and local funds to operate a “schoolwide program” to enhance the instructional program for the entire school. All of the seventeen TPS elementary schools and three middle schools (Chase, Eisenhower and Robinson) are considered Title l schools and operate schoolwide programs.
There are six private schools that offer Title l programs. These schools (Hayden, Holy Family, Mater Dei, Most Pure Heart, St. Matthew and Topeka Lutheran) offer targeted assistance programs. Targeted assistance programs offer assistance to a select group of students within each school that need help in reading and/or math. The students in private schools must reside in residential areas that have a local school with a Title l program.