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Title I Program

All schools in North Carolina are held accountable for each and every child with the coal that all students will graduate high school being better prepared for college and possessing skills necessary for careers in a global economy. To this end, the purpose of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is to ensure that all students have a fair and equitable opportunity to meet high achievement standards. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest reauthorization of ESEA and reaffirms our commitment to equal opportunity for all students and replaces No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Title I, Part A provides federal dollars for supplemental education opportunities for disadvantaged children who are most at-risk of failing to meet the State's challenging content and performance standards. Local education agencies (LEAs) decide on an annual basis which school will receive Title I school allotments. A school is considered a Title I school from July 1st of each fiscal year regardless of when the application for funds is approved by the State.

LEAs target the Title I funds they receive to public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families. Unless a participating school is operating a school-wide program, the school must focus Title 1 services on children that are falling, or most at-risk of failing, to meet State standards. Schools enrolling at least 40 percent of students from poor families are eligible to use Title I funds for school-wide programs that serve all children in the school.

Title I reaches about 12.5 million students enrolled in both public and private schools. Title I funds may be used for children from preschool ages to high school, but most of the students served (65 percent) are in the grades 1 through 6, another 12 percent are in the preschool and kindergarten programs.

Parents may submit an application for one or more of their children to transfer to another school within the KCS school district. The release must be approved by the principal of the school to which you are requesting a transfer. If approved, the release will be in effect for one school year only. Also, if the release is approved, Kannapolis City Schools will not accept responsibility for transportation nor any other costs, incidental to the child’s enrollment outside the home school zone. Requests will be granted on a space-available basis, with priorities given to:

  • Students who have attended the requested school in the past and if the student’s attendance, behavior, and academic effort is in good standing with the
  • Students who are entering school and have older siblings currently at the school
  • The date the application is submitted

If you are interested in the Elementary School Choice, the application can be found here.

Involving families as full partners in the education of their children is a focal point for Title I. When families support learning, children are more successful in the school and school success helps children become successful adults.

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