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What is Title I?

  • Title I is a federally funded program included in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which supplements regular classroom instruction by providing support for students who are at risk of not meeting state academic standards.  The purpose of Title I Part A - Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged, is to provide a fair, equitable, and high-quality education to all children.

    Schools meet criteria based on total student enrollment and the number of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Schools between 35%-40% F & R are eligible to participate in a Targeted Assistance Title I Program. Schools above 40% F & R qualify for a Schoolwide Title I Program.

    Gilbert Public School's Title I English Language Arts (ELA) Program specializes in providing high-quality instruction in addition to core classroom learning. We use multiple data sources to select students that will benefit from extra instruction from a trained Reading Specialist and/or a Title I Paraprofessional. Our ELA Title I programs are evidence-based and align with students' needs to enhance student success.

    Gilbert Public School’s Title I Math Program specializes in providing personalized math instruction, delivered by a Math Specialist and/or Title I Paraprofessional, in addition to core classroom instruction. Multiple data points are used to identify students who would benefit from additional opportunities to interact with the math concepts. Our Title I Math programs are evidence-based and align with student-specific needs to enhance student success in Mathematics.

    Students participate in Title I services based on academic need. Teachers and Reading/Math Specialists work together throughout the school year, using multiple assessments (AzMERIT, DIBELS, ATI, Reading/Math Formatives) to determine which students would most benefit from additional instructional services.

    Title I funds currently provide additional reading, math and social/emotional support to those students with the greatest need in 10 of our Gilbert schools.

Title I School Address
Boulder Creek Elementary 8045 E. Portobello, Mesa, AZ
Burk Elementary 545 N. Burk Street, Gilbert, AZ
Gilbert Elementary 175 W. Elliot Rd., Gilbert, AZ
Harris Elementary 1820 S. Harris Dr., Mesa, AZ
Houston Elementary 500 E. Houston Ave., Gilbert, AZ
Islands Elementary 245 McQueen Road, Gilbert, AZ
Mesquite Junior High 130 W. Mesquite St., Gilbert, AZ
Oak Tree Elementary 505 W. Houston Ave., Gilbert, AZ
Pioneer Elementary 1535 N. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, AZ
Playa del Rey Elementary 550 N. Horne St., Gilbert, AZ

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

  • In December of 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law reauthorizing President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Gilbert Public School District currently receives federal funding through ESSA’s Title I, Title II and Title IV grants. The Office of Federal & State Programs at GPS provides support and assistance in managing those programs.

  • A key component of an effective Title I School Program is increasing Parent and Community Engagement in the education of children. Research has shown that students who have the support of their families are more successful in school and ultimately more prepared for college and career upon graduation. Families are encouraged to participate in school activities, share their ideas and attend Title I meetings.

Title II

  • The purpose of Title II Part A - Supporting Effective Instruction, is to increase student achievement through improved access to effective teachers, principals and other school leaders. Gilbert Public School District currently utilizes Title II funds to provide high-quality training opportunities for our teachers, principals and staff.

Title IV

  • The purpose of Title IV, Part A - Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant, is to provide students with activities that support well-rounded education, safe and healthy students and technology.  Gilbert Public Schools currently utilizes Title IV funds to support programs such as Advanced Placement, Suicide Prevention and Coding.

Title I - Summer School

  • Gilbert Public School District is pleased to offer Title I Summer School to those students who demonstrate the need for additional academic support beyond the regular school year. Title I Summer School provides a supplemental reading and math program taught by state certified Gilbert teachers. Students who meet the entrance criteria will receive an invitation letter to attend this program. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to reinforce and strengthen their academic skills.

    Title I Summer School Update - May 2020

    We are delighted to announce that this summer we will be offering free online Title I Summer School to all K-8 students at schools designated as Title I schools.

    The program will run between June 1st and June 26th, 2020, and includes Math and Reading.  The curriculum is designed to be fun, engaging, and educational.

    The program will be offered online through a program called Successmaker. Gilbert Public Schools certified teachers will monitor student progress and provide the necessary support. The program also includes hands-on materials in the form of Summer Success Kits, filled with grade-level specific math games, writing activities, and reading material.

    Please use this link to sign up and receive additional information by Friday, May 15th.

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