What are Title I schools?

Title I, originally enacted in 1965 as part of the War on Poverty to help the most disadvantaged students, is the largest federal investment in elementary and secondary education. Forty-seven Lee County schools (including five charters) are identified as Title I schools. These schools have the highest concentrations of poverty (based on the direct certification number of students enrolled at the school). Title I funds are used to improve the teaching and learning in these schools and to help students meet challenging state academic standards.

What is Florida's ESEA Flexibility Waiver?

In 2002 the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law, renewing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that provides funding for K-12 education. No Child Left Behind established national educational standards. Having to comply with two separate school accountability systems with different standards and timelines has resulted in duplication and confusion. Florida has been granted an ESEA flexibility waiver so we can have a single accountability system tailored to our state. Transitioning from two systems to one poses short term challenges and deadlines, but should mean a more efficient system over the long term and, most importantly, higher-quality education for all of our students. Florida’s School Grades system has consistently succeeded in identifying the most struggling schools and students in need of additional support and rewarding the outstanding performance of high-achieving students and schools.

Florida requested a flexibility waiver in order to:

  • move to a single, simplified accountability system to reduce confusion caused by having several separate accountability systems;
  • make the way schools are held accountable for student achievement easier to understand;
  • improve student achievement by holding school districts and schools accountable for the performance of all students;
  • allow the state and school districts to focus support on students who need them most;
  • raise standards to boost national and international competitiveness; and
  • strengthen the state's ability to tailor its program to meet Florida's unique educational needs.

What is DA (Differentiated Accountability)?

Florida's Flexibility Waiver allows its own school grading system to identify struggling schools that need intervention and support to improve as well as set ambitious but achieveable Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). There are four AMOs that will be used to review the performance of all schools:

  1. School Grades;
  2. Performance of all students and student subgroups in Reading and Mathematics;
  3. Progress of students in the lowest-performing 25% in Reading and Mathematics; and
  4. Comparison of Florida's student performance to the highest-performing states and nations.

As a result, Florida has four DA classifications:

  • Reward. "A" schools and schools that improve a letter grade. Reward schools would be eligible to receive funding through the Florida School Recognition Program.
  • Prevent. "C" schools. These schools will submit, as part of the School Improvement Plan (SIP), specific research-based intervention strategies to increase student performance in reading and/or mathematics.
  • Focus. "D" schools. These schools implement interventions. District submits a District Improvement and Assistance Plan. The District monitors the schools and provides support. FDOE will provide monitoring and technical assistance through regional teams.
  • Priority. "F" schools. Florida schools in Priority status are subject to more intensive intervention efforts required by FDOE and managed (initially) by the district. FDOE provides embedded support through regional teams. The District may choose from one of five turn-around models.

How can parents be involved?

Parents are very important in their child's education, we invite and encourage parents to become involved in their child's school. There are many ways to be involved such as joining the School Advisory Council, participating in the School Improvement Plan process, reviewing the school's Parent Involvement Policy and Home-School Compact, planning parent involvement activities and workshops, becoming a member of the school's parent/teacher organization, or volunteering at school.

FY18 Title I Schools

  • Acceleration Middle School
  • Bonita Springs Elementary
  • Buckingham Exceptional Center
  • Caloosa Middle
  • Colonial Elementary
  • Coronado High
  • Dr. Carrie D. Robinson Littleton Elementary
  • Dunbar High
  • East Lee County High
  • Edgewood Elementary
  • Fort Myers Middle Academy
  • Franklin Park Elementary
  • G. Weaver Hipps Elementary
  • Hancock Creek Elementary
  • Harlem Heights Community Charter School
  • Harns Marsh Elementary
  • Harns Marsh Middle
  • Hector A. Cafferata Jr. Elementary
  • Island Coast High
  • J. Colin English Elementary
  • James Stephens International Academy
  • LAMP
  • Lehigh Elementary
  • Lehigh Acres Middle
  • Lehigh Senior High
  • Manatee Elementary
  • Mirror Lakes Elementary
  • Oak Hammock Middle
  • Orange River Elementary
  • Orangewood Elementary
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle
  • Ray V. Pottorf Elementary
  • Royal Palm Exceptional Center
  • San Carlos Park Elementary
  • Skyline Elementary
  • South Ft. Myers High
  • Spring Creek Elementary
  • Success Academy
  • Sunshine Elementary
  • Tice Elementary
  • Tortuga Preserve Elementary
  • Tropic Isles Elementary
  • Unity Charter School of Cape Coral
  • Unity Charter School of Fort Myers
  • Varsity Lakes Middle
  • Veteran's Park Academy for the Arts
  • Villas Elementary