The goal of Gulf Shores City School System is to provide the best learning environment, provide technical assistance, program monitoring and resources to local educational agencies (LEA) to ensure that all children have an opportunity to obtain a high quality education and to achieve proficiency on the state's high academic achievement standards to meet the needs of our students.
Title I, the cornerstone of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, is the largest federal education program. Many of the major requirements in NCLB are outlined in Title I - Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), teacher and paraprofessional requirements, accountability, sanctions for schools designated for improvement, standards and assessments, annual state report cards, professional development, and parent involvement.
The Department of Federal Programs is comprised of various programs, some of these programs are financed through federal funding and other programs may be financed through state and grant funds. One purpose of Federal Programs is to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by: increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms; improving the skills of principals and assistance principals in schools; and by increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding LEAs (Local Education Agency) and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.
Children who turn four years old by Sept. 2 of the attendance year are eligible to enroll in Pre-K in the Title I elementary school. Pre-K is available in Title I schools only, and classes are limited. The Pre-K application period is during the month of February prior to the attendance year. To register your child for Pre-K you must have your child’s Certified Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, and two proofs of residence with the physical address of your residence (not a post office box).
Pre-K (OSR) The Office of School Readiness
First Class: Alabama's Voluntary Pre-K is part of the Office of School Readiness within the Alabama Department and is charged with administering Alabama’s state funded Pre-K program. OSR funds First Class Pre-K classrooms through a competitive grant process and administers the program in a variety of settings that include:
· Public schools
· Private childcare and schools
· Head Start programs
· Community-based programs
· Faith-based programs
· Military programs
OSR was created in the 2000 legislative session. In the first year of operation, OSR funded eight pilot Pre-Kindergarten programs. Currently, OSR funds over 1,000 Pre-K classrooms and supports the professional development of a high quality workforce through education, training, and on-site coaching.
High Quality Pre-K Alabama’s state funded First Class Pre-K program, has been awarded the highest quality rating by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) for the past twelve years. OSR is dedicated to working with Pre-K programs to ensure that Alabama’s 4-year-olds have access to high quality childhood learning experiences that prepare Alabama children for school success and readiness.
Research shows that children benefit the most from high quality early learning experiences. OSR works with classrooms to promote those high quality experiences in Alabama.
Parent Notification that Gulf Shores Elementary and Middle School is a Title I "Schoolwide" Program
Title I is a federal program designed to help students in our nation's schools. In accordance with the Every Student Succeeds ACT (ESSA) and Title I, the goal is to help all children be successful at school. Schools in communities that meet the requirements use Title I funds to benefit the entire school. This type of program is known as a schoolwide program. Title I schoolwide programs use Title funds, along with other local, state, and federal funding to serve all students in the school. Individual students are not identified as participating in the Title I program.
Some of the benefits we may offer students is a weekly after-school math and/or reading tutorial program, tutoring during school hours, summer reading and/or math programs, a summer library program, a readniess program for incoming kindergarten students, parenting education workshops, and along with other educational resources.
Effective schools are the result of a dedicated faculty and staff working together with families and the community to share in the success of all students at school. Increased student self-esteem occurs when parents and teachers collaborate to ensure learning takes place at the school, in the home, and in the community.
In accordance with the Title I program and the Every Student Succeeds ACT (ESSA), parents, through the Right-To-Know provisions, may request information regarding the professional qualifications of their child's teacher(s) or the qualifications of paraprofessionals providing services to their child. In addition, parents will be provided information about their child's level. In addition, parents will be provided information about their child's level of achievement on any state academic assessments.
Title I, Part A - Schoolwide Programs and Equitable Services Programs (Non Public) Schoolwide, Homeless, Migrant, Neglected and Delinquent
• Purpose: To ensure all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach proficiency on state standards.
Title I, Part A – Targeted Assistance
• Purpose: Student identification is made that renders them eligible or ineligible for services. Students identified as most at risk of not meeting state academic standards are served.
Title I, Part A – School Improvement
• Purpose: Award schools identified as Priority, Focus, or Opportunity funds that will be used to support implementation of school improvement activities.
Title I, Part D – Neglected and Delinquent
• Purpose: To provide at-risk children and youth with the services needed to make a successful transition from institutions and correctional facilities to further schooling or employment.