Title One Programs

A Title I school is a school that receives financial assistance from the federal government to support high-quality instruction and the achievement of students in core academic subjects. Title I funds are used to provide professional development, highly qualified instructional staff, supplemental learning opportunities, instructional materials and activities that promote parent involvement.

Designation as a Title I school is not dependent upon the academic level of a school’s students; rather it is based on the economics of the surrounding area. Federal law requires that each school system use a standardized measure to determine the poverty level of each school’s attendance zone. One accepted measure is the free-lunch count. In Worcester County Public Schools (WCPS), the percentage of free-lunch students determines a school’s eligibility for receiving the added resources of Title I funding.

Once a school is designated a Title I school, a number of options become available, and certain actions are set in motion. In addition to state and local laws and regulations, Title I schools must also comply with federal laws and regulations. Receiving the additional resources associated with Title I status places special responsibilities on schools, including the hiring of highly qualified teachers and meeting special conditions if student progress is not adequate.

Currently, WCPS has three school-wide Tile I schools, Snow Hill Elementary, Buckingham Elementary, and Pocomoke Elementary in the County and one targeted assistance school, Pocomoke Middle School.

Please click here to view/download the Title One District Policy for Worcester County Public Schools.

For more information about the Title I program, please contact Dee Shorts by calling 410-632-5040 or by emailing drshorts@mail.worcester.k12.md.us.