What is Title I?
City Springs Elementary/Middle is a proud Title I school. According to the Maryland State Department of Education, Title I is “a federal program that provides financial assistance to local school systems and schools with high percentages of poor children to support the academic achievement of disadvantaged students.”
City Springs’ Title I status means that we receive funds to support extra instruction in reading and mathematics, additional teachers, instructional
materials, as well as after-school and summer programs to extend and reinforce the regular school curriculum.
Title I and Highly Qualified Teachers
Students at Title I schools are expected to receive instruction in core academic subjects (including reading and language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and the arts) from HIGHLY QUALIFIED teachers.
At City Springs, we go above and beyond the traditional hiring process to make sure that your child’s teacher has the experience, content knowledge and skills needed to meet the high expectations of our curriculum. Our teachers undergo a rigorous interview process that may include teaching a sample lesson and being interviewed by a panel of fellow teachers. Once a teacher receives an offer from City Springs, they are then interviewed and processed by BCPSS to ensure all requirements have been met and to ensure the teacher is highly qualified to teach their assigned subject and grade level.
Parents’ Rights under Title I
All City Springs parents and guardians have the legal right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the teachers and paraprofessionals who work with their children, including:
- If a teacher has met state qualifications and licensing requirements for the grade levels and subject areas being taught
- If a teacher is teaching under a waiver as an emergency, temporary or provisional teacher
- A teacher’s undergraduate degree major and other education and certification background information and a paraprofessional’s qualifications