Homewood City Schools receives federal funding which allows for supplemental supports over and beyond state and local resources. Homewood Schools receives funding in Title I, Title II, Title III, & Title IV. District and school plans and budgets are collaboratively developed each year after assessing and evaluating the needs of the district. For more information on any of Homewood’s federal programs, please contact Dr. John Lowry.
Title I: Supplemental Intervention & Support
Title I funds are used to support students who are at risk academically. Homewood’s Title I targeted assistance” funds follow the “targeted” students who have been identified as having the greatest academic need through Homewood’s Intervention and Support program (link to that other page here). Title I resources are further targeted to Hall-Kent Elementary School & Homewood Middle School. Funding supports teachers and tutors who provide interventions over and beyond the normal intervention program to those identified students in those schools.
Title II: Professional Learning
Title II funds in Homewood are used to help support the professional learning needs of the district. Homewood Schools has long valued professional learning by providing teachers throughout the district with common planning time during the day for collaboration. Title II funds are combined with state, local, and Title I set-aside dollars to help ensure that Homewood faculty have the latest research-base and skill set to serve the needs of our students.
Title III: English Learners (EL)
Title III funds are used to help supplement the EL (English Learner) program at Homewood Schools. Homewood Schools utilizes the Structurally Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) Core program which allows students full access to content within the classroom while adapting language to the proficiency level of the students. Depending on individual plans, students may “pull out” for additional support or faculty and staff may “push in” to the regular classroom that support. Teachers scaffold instruction so that academic language and content is mastered even as students work on the acquisition of the English language. For more information, please see Homewood’s EL page.
Title IV: Student Support and Academic Enrichment
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December, 2015. It reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965(ESEA). Newly authorized under subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A of the ESEA is the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program. The SSAE program is intended to improve students' academic achievement by increasing the capacity of State education agencies(SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and local communities to 1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, 2)improve school conditions for student learning, and 3) improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. Homewood City Schools has broad flexibility to use Title IV funds for a variety of activities to improve student outcomes. Some of these are, but are not limited to, activities such as professional development, accelerated learning opportunities, student assistance/counseling services, safety and/or technology enhancement, etc.
Parents' Right to Know
Parents of Homewood Schools' students have a right to know any information about the school district relative to their child's education. This includes but is not limited to:
- Student Achievement and Assessment Reports - all individual student score reports on standardized tests will be sent home to parents. Parents should contact their school's assistant principal for instruction with any questions about testing requirements and assessment guidelines.
- Teacher and Paraprofessional Qualifications - Parents may request certain information on the professional qualifications of their child's classroom teachers and any paraprofessionals providing services to their child.
- Limited State Certification and Licensure - All Homewood content-area teachers are certified in the areas in which they teach. Parents will be notified if a regularly employed teacher is serving in an area outside of his/her certification.
- School & District Report Card and Assessment Results - This state website provides parents and the public with information concerning state report cards and other accountability information.
It is the policy of the Board that no person in this district shall, on the basis of race, sex, religion, belief, national origin, age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or any personal characteristic(s), or an affiliation with the Boy Scouts of America, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in any education program or activity. This includes employment, retention, and promotion.
Please see documents below which further explain the Title I and Title III programs in Homewood Schools:
Title I, Targeted Assistance, District Plan, 2021-2022
Title I, Targeted Assistance, District Plan, 2021-2022, Spanish