What is Title I?

  • Title I is a federally funded program designed to help students meet challenging state academic standards in order to succeed in school. Title I-A is a section of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that established these programs. It is formula-funded based on poverty levels as determined by free and reduced meal application status, but the services provided are for students at-risk of not meeting Arizona's K-12 Standards, so that they can improve their skills, succeed in the regular classroom and reach grade-level proficiency.

    What is the purpose of Title I?

    The purpose of Title I is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, high-quality education and to close educational achievement gaps. Title I supports our Title I schools to help ensure every child has access to an excellent education.

    How is this accomplished?

    • Supplemental programs (before/after school)
    • Summer school programs
    • Instructional support services
    • School-wide reform efforts
    • Teacher professional development
    • Increased involvement of parents in their children’s education
    • Evidence-based teaching strategies

    How is the funding received by our district?

    Our funding is determined by the number of eligible families, based on their annual income. This information is gathered by completing a Free & Reduced Meal application. Additionally, if eligible, students have access to much more than nutritional access!

    What other benefits are available to qualified students?

    If eligible, students have access to many of the following programs and resources:  

    • Afterschool and 21st Century Learning Programs
    • English Learners Program
    • Foster Care Resources
    • Homeless and Migrant Resources
    • Gifted and Advanced Learning Program
    • Health and Nutrition Services
    • Information Technology
    • Office of Indian Education
    • Special Education
    • Intervention Programs for Math and Reading
    • School Safety and Social Wellness
    • Reduced fees for participation in Middle School and High School Athletics
    • Reduced fees for participation in certain other extracurricular events and programs

     Please Note: Not all programs available at all schools.

How do I apply for Free & Reduced Meals and other benefits?

  • Applications for free and reduced meals must be submitted annually, even if approved the previous year.   

    We encourage all families to apply for free and reduced meal benefits as many families have experienced a change in their income due to COVID-19.

    IMPORTANT NOTE:  The income data collected is used solely for the purpose of determining eligibility for funding for our district.

    To apply, submit your Free and Reduced meal applications online. Once there, click "Apply for Meals Today" or "Solicitar Comidas Hoy" located on the right side of the page.

    Optionally, you may print out and deliver the following completed applications to your children's school:

    In addition to receiving free or reduced fee meals, eligible students may also qualify for additional benefits including:

    • Reduced fees for participation in Middle School and High School Athletics
    • Reduced fees for participation in certain other extracurricular events and programs
    • Other State and Federal benefits

Scottsdale Unified School District -Title I

Programs

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    Foster Care Support

    SUSD collaborates with child welfare agencies to effectively address the educational needs of children in foster care.

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    Homeless & Migrant Support

    Support resources for homeless and migrant children so they can access free, appropriate public education.

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    Pre-Kindergarten

    Free all-day instruction for qualified three and four-year-old students that live within the boundaries of a Title I elementary school.

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    Schoolwide Programs

    SUSD has nine schools that operate in the Title I Schoolwide Program that offer additional services and programs. These may include reading & math intervention; information technology; English learners; special education, 21st Century Learning; Gifted & Advanced Learning; High School summer school; and after school learning.

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