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Valley Academyof Arts & Sciences


Title I

What is Title I?

The purpose of Title I is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.

The Elementary & Secondary Education Act was reauthorized on December 10, 2015, as the Every Student Succeeds Act, and requires that Districts annually rank and serve schools. Title I schools may implement one of two programs: Title I Schoolwide Program (SWP) or Title I Targeted Assistance (TAS).


Schools receiving these supplemental federal funds are required to provide services that raise the academic achievement level of K through 12th grade participants. Additional support may be provided through professional development and health and guidance services. Parents of children being served have the opportunity to participate in the design and implementation of the program through activities such as serving on the school site council; developing parental involvement policies and compacts; attending parent-teacher conferences, parent training and literacy workshops; participating as classroom volunteers, tutors, and aides, etc.


VAAS is a Schoolwide Program school.

Schoolwide Program (SWP) is the reform effort of Title I. A schoolwide program school may use its Title I, Part A, funds coupled with other educational funds to upgrade the school's entire educational program, rather than to target services only on identified children. By affecting the entire program of instruction, the overall education of children in the most impoverished schools can be improved. For schools opting to become schoolwide programs, schools have expanded flexibility and support.

The emphasis on schoolwide programs responds to a solid research base about what makes schools work for disadvantaged students. Repeated findings show that:

All children’s performance is negatively affected in schools with high concentrations of poverty. To empower the lowest achieving students in the highest poverty schools to meet high standards of performance, the entire core academic instructional program must be substantially improved, not just a separate Title I program. When the entire school is the target of change, schools serving the most disadvantaged youth can achieve success.

These provisions enable a school to integrate regular and categorical programs into a coherent program for all students.  The SWP becomes the school's overall reform effort. Schools are accountable for the academic achievement of all students under this reform effort, but especially low-achieving students.

Why does Title I (Meal Applications) matter to VAAS?

Meal applications benefit ALL students at VAAS, whether or not the student qualifies. Our goal is 100% every year.
  • Meal applications have paid for the following:
    • Full time college counselor
    • Full time school nurse
    • Full time school psychologist
    • Full time teaching position (to lower class sizes)
    • Full time coordinator for Special Education
    • New printer & new projectors
    • Free after school tutoring
    • Free help with college essays
    • Field trips (UCLA, USC, UCSB, CSLA, CSUN, CA African American Museum, Science Center, Ballona Wetlands, etc.)
    • iPads and computers
When a student does not submit a meal application, it affects everyone at VAAS – faculty, staff, and most importantly, students.