Title I is a federally-funded program. The purpose 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 achievement standards and State academic assessments. Bellaire has a school-wide program, ALL students are Title I students and are eligible for services through Title I. Bellaire qualifies as a Title I school based on the percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, which was 46.5% for 2015 – 2016. Our Title I funding is based on the number of students who are on free/reduced lunch.
The intent of Title I is to use funds to supplement, not supplant; to provide extra services, instructional materials, etc., not core requirements. Bellaire’s Title I program provides funding for additional staff; one 12 month Grad Lab Coach, the College Center Counselor and two 11 month counselor. Title I also funds after school tutoring, extended library hours, state test preparation materials as well as supplemental instructional classroom materials. As Title I Coordinator I work with teachers and staff to provide interventions to those students who need additional help in passing the STAAR. Parental Involvement is another big part of Title I.