Arlington Public Schools’ Title I program is committed to providing high quality, engaging instruction that will motivate students to become lifelong learners.
About Title I
The Title I program has been a key component of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act since its initial passage in 1965. Re-authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), Title I funding helps local school divisions provide equal educational opportunities for low-performing students in schools with economic need. In Arlington, a focused, early intervention approach is used and any elementary school with 45 percent or more of the student population receiving free or reduced lunch is eligible to participate in Title I. Title I is committed to the shared effort of closing the achievement gap between all students in Arlington Public Schools and to providing high quality, engaging instruction that will motivate students to become lifelong learners.
Arlington’s Title I program serves students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in eight APS elementary schools.
The schoolwide Title I program model focuses on a school’s overall educational program to raise academic achievement for all students. Abingdon, Barcroft, Barrett, Campbell, Carlin Springs, Drew, Hoffman-Boston, and Randolph operate Title I schoolwide programs. Title I funds are used to supplement–not replace–regularly allocated school resources and classroom instruction to accelerate students’ progress toward reaching the goal of grade-level performance in reading, mathematics, and/or other areas of need.
Parents and families also play an important role in Title I. They are encouraged to participate in their child’s education by supporting the child’s learning outside of school–such as reading together–and attending conferences and meetings sponsored by the school and the Title I program.
Additional Information About Federal Programs in APS
- Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- Office of English Learners (Title III)
- Office of Special Education (IDEA)