Title I

What is Title I?

The Title I program in the West Des Moines Community Schools provides additional assistance with math and reading to students who need it most in grades 1-5.

Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation’s schools. The goal of Title I is to provide a high-quality education for every child.

Who Does the Title I Program Serve?

Title I resources are directed to schools with qualifying family income levels. The program serves millions of children in elementary and secondary schools across the nation each year. Most school districts participate.

WDMCS has Title I Math and/or Reading services at:

  • Clive Learning Academy
  • Crestview School of Inquiry
  • Hillside Elementary
  • Sacred Heart School

How Does Title I Work?

The federal government provides funding to states each year. State educational agencies send the money to school districts based on the numbers of qualifying families. The West Des Moines Community Schools identifies eligible schools and provides Title I resources and services.

The Title I school works to:

  • Identify students most in need of educational help. (Students do not have to be from qualifying-income families to receive assistance in math and/or reading.)
  • Set goals for student improvement in math and/or reading.
  • Develop plans that supplement regular core classroom instruction and measure student progress.

What Do Title I Programs Offer?

Title I programs generally offer:

  • Additional math and reading teachers
  • Co-teaching and collaboration with homeroom teachers
  • Small group instruction and practice
  • A variety of teaching methods and materials
  • Extra time for instruction, reteaching, and practice
  • Sponsorship of family math and literacy events.

Title I teachers and other school staff work closely together in professional learning communities.