A Title I Schoolwide Program is a comprehensive reform strategy designed to upgrade the entire educational program in a school, so every student achieves high levels of academic proficiency.
Pinellas County Schools receives an annual allocation of federal dollars to provide supplemental resources to support student success at schools that have high percentages of families who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Federal and state law determines how Title I funds are allocated to eligible schools and programs. Currently, 75 Pinellas County schools are receiving supplemental resources which may include additional staff, supplementary instructional materials, and funds for parent/family events and activities. Seminole Elementary is a Title 1 school.
Schoolwide programs allow staff in schools to redesign their educational programs to serve all students. The emphasis is on serving all students, improving all structures that support student learning, and combining all resources, as allowed, to achieve a common goal of 100% student success.
Activities supported by Title I, Part A funds must be planned based on a comprehensive needs assessment and developed in consultation with parents, teachers, principals, and other relevant stakeholders. The Local Educational Agent (LEA) must also actively engage stakeholders in continued consultation to improve supported activities.
Developing and implementing a high-quality schoolwide program is a systemic, effective strategy for increasing the academic achievement of all students. A schoolwide program will maintain the fundamental Title I principles including accountability and reporting of academic results, reform rooted in research-based practices, and school and community engagement and collaboration in the operation of the school.