The purpose of the Title I program is to help low-achieving students meet the state’s challenging academic content and performance standards. The Title I program offers a variety of services which may include: additional teachers and support staff, extra time for instruction, a variety of teaching methods and materials, parent engagement activities, smaller classes and additional training for staff. Title I is a federally funded program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 (Reauthorized by ESSA in 2015).
Schools qualify for funds based on economic need. All Winchester Public Schools elementary schools follow the School-Wide Title I program design.
Comprehensive Needs Assessment: The school must identify areas of greatest need.
School-wide reform strategies to include those that:
- Strengthen the core academic program.
- Increase the amount and quality of learning time.
- Develop strategies for meeting needs of underserved populations.
- Address needs of all, but particularly low-achieving students.
Instruction by “highly qualified” teachers.
Professional learning for teachers.
Parent Engagement strategies.
WPS Title I Schools
Frederick Douglass Elementary School
Melissa Maestle, Principal
Garland Quarles Elementary School
Joanie Hovatter, Principal
John Kerr Elementary School
Dr. Gail Brady, Principal
Virginia Avenue Charlotte DeHart Elementary School
Dr. Lisa Pluska, Principal
Parents Have the Right...
To know the professional qualifications of their child’s teachers, including the degrees and certifications held, and whether the teacher is certified in his/her respective area of instruction.
To know whether their child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
To know the school improvement status of the school.
To know the level of achievement of their child in each area of the state assessment.
To be involved in the planning/implementation of the parent engagement program in their school.
Decision Making: You can help make important decisions about your child’s education by participating in school meetings, parent advisory meetings, and parent conferences.
Assessments: There are several measures used to determine your child’s progress toward meeting the standards. These include standardized tests, benchmark assessments, and teacher-made tests. Results from standardized tests and interpretation of the results are distributed annually.
Compact: Each school has a school/parent compact that outlines how parents and school personnel will be responsible for supporting students.
Participation: Parent activities, workshops, and trainings are developed around responses to the annual parent survey as well as needs identified throughout the year.
Title I Family Notification Documents
Click here to review our 2022-2023 Title I information, including assessment information.
Right to Request Information on Teacher Qualifications As Required Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended
On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. Section 1112(e)(1)(A) states that as a parent of a student in a Winchester Public Schools’ elementary school, receiving Title I funds, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers instructing your child. Federal law requires the school division to provide you this information in a timely manner if you request it.
Parental Notification of Assessment Opt Out Policies under Section 1112(e)(2) of The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)
All students enrolled in Virginia public schools are expected to take the applicable state tests. The Virginia Board of Education Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia state:
“In kindergarten through eighth grade, where the administration of Virginia assessment program tests are required by the Board of Education, each student shall be expected to take the tests” and “each student in middle and secondary schools shall take all applicable end-of-course SOL tests following course instruction” (8VAC20-131-30).
Complaint Procedures for Title I Programs
As part of its Assurances within Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) program grant applications and pursuant to Section 9306 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), a school division accepting federal funds also agrees to adopt local written procedures for the receipt and resolution of complaints alleging violations of law in the administration of covered programs. For more information, contact:
Winchester Public Schools
12 N. Washington Street
Winchester, VA 22701