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Title I School Information

The information provided below refers to Title I and the appropriate use of Title I funds. For additional information, or if you have questions about Title I schools and the use of these funds, please contact the Division of Federal Programs and Grants at (202) 442-6025 or [email protected]

Title I is the largest source of federal funding for education. Schools receive Title I funds as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Title I funds are used solely to help ensure that children, regardless of family income, have the opportunity to obtain a quality education and become academically proficient.

There are two kinds of Title I programs: Schoolwide and Targeted Assistance.

A school is eligible to become a Title I Schoolwide Program if 40% or more of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch.  Eligible schools are permitted to use Title I, Part A funds in combination with state and local resources and other federal education program funds to upgrade the entire educational program of the school to raise the academic achievement of all students.

A school is eligible to become a Title I Targeted Assistance  Program if between 35-40% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch.  The term “targeted assistance” means that the services are provided to a select group of children—those identified as failing, or most at risk of failing, rather than for overall school improvement.

Title I School budgets allocate 1% of the received funding to be utilized for parent and family engagement activities. This provision directly supports students because it strengthens the collaborative relationship between the school and the families.

Current Schools

For school year 2018-2019, DCPS has 87 Title I Schools (86 Schoolwide and 1 Targeted Assistance) and 25 Non-Title I Schools. View the school designation list here.

Schools with less than 35% of students eligible for free or reduced lunch are considered Non-Title I.

Title II, Part A funds may be used to support professional development activities as described by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Funds may be used to provide follow-up training for teachers who have participated in professional development activities to ensure that the knowledge and skills learned by teachers are implemented in the classroom.

Title I Schoolwide Schools CANNOT access their Title II funds because they are consolidated with Title I and local to fund highly effective instructional staff.

For Targeted Assistance and Non-Title I schools, Title II funds are NOT consolidated with Title I and local funds to fund highly qualified instructional teachers and must be used to support Professional Development.

The Division of Federal Programs and Grants’ Monitoring and Support Team works with schools to ensure compliant implementation of Title I school programs. The team also distributes pertinent information to the schools such as the DCPS Parental Right to Know Guide for families and collects required documentation. Additionally, the team oversees the Equitable Services federal program which coordinates funding for eligible DC resident students who attend private schools.

Equitable Services

It is mandated through the ESSA that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) provide equitable instructional and parental services to District of Columbia resident students who attend private schools. The Equitable Services unit renders services to eligible students, families and teachers through allocated federally funded dollars. By working with school administrators and service providers, the team is able to implement, design, provide technical assistance and oversee fiduciary responsibility as outlined in the law. A list of the current school year’s participating non-public schools is available here.