Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act provides financial assistance to school districts for programs designed to help eligible students achieve success and reach proficiency on our challenging state standards and assessment.

Title I programs are offered in all elementary and qualifying middle schools. They are coordinated at the district level by Arthena Woods who can be contacted at 469-6900, extension 506. Title I funding supports parent involvement, parent education, mathematics, reading, and school-wide projects. Additionally, Title I programs generally offer smaller classes, additional teachers and assistants, extra time for instruction, a variety of research-based teaching methods and materials, and the opportunity for Title I teachers and other staff to work closely together.

The district and each Title I school has its own Parent Involvement Policy and Compact, which is an agreement between the school and the home to promote student achievement. At the beginning of each school year, the documents are reviewed to determine how to improve them. They can be viewed at the school’s website, at the fall Title I meeting, or a parent can request a copy. Parents are encouraged to make comments or suggestions and give them to their principal.

Parent involvement is the encouragement of parents to become actively involved with their child’s education and opening lines of communication between parents and the school. Parents take the primary responsibility for promoting high academic achievement in their children while working in conjunction with the schools.

Parent education is offered by the school in the areas of computer classes, positive discipline classes, and ways for parents to help with homework and academic areas in workshops.

The mathematics program focuses on students as active learners. While studying concepts from five areas of mathematics (numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis), students will be involved in solving problems and communicating their strategies orally and in writing. Emphasis is placed on connecting mathematics to the real world, different representation of data, and logical reasoning.

The reading program is based on the five essential elements: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. The reading program combines systematic instruction in specific word and sound skills with frequent, challenging opportunities to practice reading as our students work to become fluent, motivated readers.

School-wide projects– All elementary and qualified middle schools in Sumter School District are Title I schools. In these schools, instructional plans have been developed to benefit all students. The plans may be reviewed by contacting any of the elementary school offices.