North Campus Title 1

Welcome to the Title 1 Program

 

Elementary and high school students across the country, and more specifically students at Palatine and Hoffman Estates High Schools, and North Campus in District 211, have an opportunity to benefit from special programs at their schools because of the Title 1 Grant.  But what exactly is Title 1, and how does a student qualify to be part of that grant program?  And, equally important, what is the parent role if your child does qualify for Title 1?

What is Title 1

What is Title 1?

Title 1 is a federally-funded program designed to help students in elementary and high school who need to improve their performance in school in order to meet state standards.  The amount of funding that the school receives depends on the number of students from low-income families attending that school.  In District 211, Palatine and Hoffman Estates High Schools, and District 211 Academy-North, qualify to receive Title 1 funds.

Once a school qualifies, it develops a plan for using the funds to improve learning in specific subjects.  At all three schools, reading and mathematics were chosen as the Title 1 subjects, and all students who currently are not projected to meet state standards in those subjects are designated to receive the benefit of the grant.  These include all students in English 101, 201, 301, 141, 241, 341, and in Mathematics 111, 114, 212, 214, 312, and 314.  Students who fit this description are designated as Title 1 automatically – there are no forms for parents to complete.  Title 1 money only can be used to purchase extra services and supplies in addition to the many services already provided at all District 211 schools.

The main benefit that Title 1 students receive at Palatine and Hoffman Estates High Schools is the presence of extra adults in their English and mathematics classrooms who serve as teacher assistants.  Teaching assistants receive special training in working with high school students, and many assistants have college degrees.  The presence of an extra educator in the classroom means that your child receives additional attention, more small-group and one-to-one instruction, and quicker answers to their questions.  Title 1 also funds tutorial centers and has purchased notebook computers and software for classroom use at all three Title 1 schools.  In addition, funds also have been used for calculators, extra books and newspapers, and other school supplies.  Title 1 even has provided a social worker to help students set academic goals and to assist them with problems that can get in the way of their education, such as poor attendance.

Title 1 also can help if a child needs basic clothing to get to school, such as a winter coat or gloves, in cases where the family simply can’t afford to get these items.  Please contact your school’s Title 1 social worker for additional information on this program.

What is Your Role as a Parent of a Title 1 Student?
The number one thing that any parent can do for a high school-age child is to ask him or her about their school experience every day, and to help them to set academic goals.  Your child’s teachers, counselor, and principal, as well as the Title 1 social worker, are your partners in helping your child to do the best that they can in high school.  Please do not hesitate to call them if you have a concern or a question about your child – you don’t have to wait for a special meeting to get your questions answered.

That being said, your attendance at high school events for parents is most important, and especially at Title 1 parent meetings.  These meetings are your opportunity to learn more about the Title 1 program at your school.  Parent input on those programs, and on the best use of Title 1 funds, is not only desired; it is required as part of the Title 1 grant.  Please plan to attend all Title 1 meetings, and let us know if there is anything we can do to make those meetings better for you.

Finally, please contact me, or your school’s principal, if you have any questions about the Title 1 program.  Our contact information is on this web page.

We look forward to partnering with you during the coming school year.

Title 1 Information

TITLE 1 INFORMATION

Important Documents

Title 1 Brochure

District Policy

English
Spanish

FAQ’s

General Issues

Q. What is the purpose of Title I?
A. To provide extra educational assistance beyond the regular classroom to students who need to significantly improve their academic performance in order to meet standards in reading and mathematics.

 

Q. What is the budget for Title I Part A for the coming year?

A. The Title 1 budget for the coming year has not yet been provided by the Illinios State Board of Education.

 

Q. How many students in District 211 currently receive assistance through Title 1?

A. Approximately 1350 students at Palatine, Hoffman Estates, and Academy North High Schools are served through the Title 1 Program in District 211.

 

Q. If the same students are in Title I for many years, is that okay?

A. The goal of Title I is to assist students so that they no longer need Title I services. However, if a child continues to need additional support and if he or she remains eligible according to State and Federal guidelines, it is the goal of District 211 to continue to provide them with additional services through Title 1.

 

Q. May a parent whose child qualifies for Title 1 services reject those services?

A. Many Tityle 1 benefits are integrated seamlessly in the student’s assigned class. For example, Title 1 teacher aides work with all student sin Title 1 approved courses. A parent may, however, reject any special Title 1-funded assistance for their child. To do so, they must notify the school, in writing with their signature, that they do not want child to receive special Title I servicesHowever, it is strongly recommended that the parent first meet with the princi[pals or Title 1 coordinator to assure they are informed fully of the many advantages of Title 1 participation.

Title 1 Staff

Q. How are Title 1 teacher aides used?

A. In a targeted assistance program, Title I instructional aides must work under the direct supervision of a Title I teacher who has the primary responsibility for providing the instructional services to eligible Title I students. Most aides are used in direct classroom instruction and instructional support in Title 1 classes. However, some Title 1 aides supervise special tutorial centers created specifically for students in Title 1 coursework.

 

Q. What does “direct supervision” mean?

A. Direct supervision means: (1) the teacher prepares the lesson and plans the instructional support activities the aide/paraprofessional carries out, and evaluates the achievement of the students with whom the aide/paraprofessional is working, and (2) the aide/paraprofessional works in close proximity with the teacher.

Assessment

Q. When does the Title I assessment take place during the school year?

A. There is no specific single Title 1 test.

 

Q. Should/could Title I assessment be done more than once?

A. Title 1 students are assessed multiple times each school year using a combination of classroom, district-wide, state, and national assessment instruments that evaluate their academic progress.

 

Q. Is there a way that students may “test out” of Title I during the school year? For example, would you administer a mid-year assessment and then release the students who are doing okay?

A. Students in Title 1 courses may exit Title 1 services only if they advance to a course that is not served by Title 1. That advancement would be based on improved academic performance over an extended period of time, as judged by the student’s teacher.

Professional Development

Q. How are Title 1 funds used to improve teacher capabilities?

A. Title I funds are approved to provide professional development for teachers, principals, and paraprofessionals who work with students participating in the Title I targeted assistance program. This professional development mustmeet the following requirements:

    • The professional development must be focused on helping at-risk students.
    • The cost of the training must be reasonable.
    • The teachers, principals, and paraprofessionals participating must be reflective of the grades being served by the Title I programFor instance, teachers serving mathematics and English classes directly identified in the Title 1 grant may receive training consisting of workshops, conferences, and/or in-house programs.  Topics for the inservice may focus on any instructional, classroom management, or collaboration topic that is identyified to be useful in improving the performance of Title 1 students.
    • However, other teachers also may receive Title 1 funded professional development if they serve identified Title 1 students in other courses, such as American History or Consumer Education.
    • All professional development expenditures must be detailed and by the District Title 1 Coordinator before they can be  funded.
Student Selection

Q. How are students chosen for Title 1 particpation?

A. Palatine and Hoffman Estates High Schools have met the State criteria to offer a targeted Title 1 Program. These schools have identified key English and Mathematics courses where students are in most need of acceleration to meet school, district, and state standards. It is these courses that have been approved to receive Title 1 support through the approval of the District’s Title 1 application. A list of Title 1 courses is available upon request.

All students in these identified courses, and generally only students in these courses, qualify to receive the benefit of Title 1 funding. The only exception is students who are legally homeless. These students are considered as Title 1 eligible regardless of their course placement.

The District Academy North has received State approval for a Title 1 school-wide program. All of its students are eligible to receive Title 1 benefits.

 

Q. If a student was receiving Title 1 services but then moves, either during or at the end of a school year, to a non-Title 1 course, would he or she still receive Title 1 services?

A. No. The Title 1 application approves funding in targeted school programs only for students while they are enrolled in specific courses, with the exception of legally homeless students.

 

Q. Can parent input be a part of the Title I student selection process?

A. No. Parent input is not an allowable criteria for student selection. Student selection is to be based on objective, educationally related, and uniformly applied criteria. Parent request is not objective, nor can it be uniformly applied to all students in the school.

 

Q. Can non-Title I students use computers or other items purchased with Title I funds?

A. It is the local school’s responsibility to ensure and document that Title I students are using equipment, or any other item purchased with Title I funds, the vast majority of the time. The Title I guidance refers to a 90-10 rule suggesting that Title I students should be using Title I purchased items 90% of the time.

Special Education

Q. Can students on an IEP also receive Title I services?

A. Yes. Special education students are eligible for Title I services on the same basis as all other students. These students must be served on the same basis as all other students. However, each case is looked at independently and great consideration must be given to the student’s IEP. If the school is required by law to provide the service in the absence of Title funds, then services cannot be provided with Title I funds

 

 


 

Parent Information

General Information

Contact Info

North Campus:
A Township High School
District 211 School
 
Address:
335 E. Illinois Ave.,
Palatine, IL. 60067-7132
Phone:
847-755-6700
School Hours:
9:15 a.m. – 3: 15 p.m

Program Administrator: 
Francesca Anderson

 

School Information

School Parent Compact
School Parental Involvment Policy
(Spanish)

 

When Families Get
Personally Involved

Do you have questions?

Title 1 General Questions

Title 1 English Questions  

Title 1 Math Questions

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