Odyssey has been designated a Schoolwide Title I School. Below you will find some basic information about this very complex federal program and how it benefits Odyssey and our students.
What is TITLE I?
Title I, Part A is a federally funded program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The purpose of Title I under the ESEA is to ensure that all children have a fair, equitable, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.
How does being a Title I school benefit Odyssey students?
Because Odyssey has been given a Schoolwide designation, all students benefit from the Title I program. As a Schoolwide Title I school, every year we must develop a School Improvement Plan that includes, among other things, a comprehensive needs assessment, strategies for schoolwide reform, plans for increasing parental involvement, and provisions for assisting struggling students.
Title I funds are used to implement that plan and improve the academic program of our entire school, particularly in the core subjects of English/Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. Those funds allow us to do things like hire additional teachers and support staff, provide tutoring programs, purchase additional curriculum and materials, provide opportunities for professional development for our staff members, provide family involvement events, and much more, all of which benefits every Odyssey student. Title I funds must be used to strengthen the core academic program of the school.
How can Title I money be used?
Title I funds are federal funds and must be used to increase student achievement in the core subjects of English/Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. In general, they cannot be used to replace funds the school spends anyway nor can they be used for operational or capital expenses. For example, we cannot use Title I money to buy a new building. Title funds are a separate budget and families will be invited yearly to collaborate on ideas for programs they would like to see implemented with Title funding.
What are some ways Odyssey has used previous allotments of Title I money?
Odyssey has used Title I funds in a number of ways, all to enhance our academic program, particularly in the core subjects of Math, English/Language Arts, Reading, Science and Social Studies. We have purchased curriculum, hired additional staff members and we have purchased supplies and materials for our Math and Science departments. Title I funds were also used to upgrade classroom technology and to purchase Chromebooks for every student in grades K-8. We are now a fully functioning 1:1 school, with document cameras, audio enhancement systems and interactive response systems in each academic classroom. Additionally, Title funds help us achieve an 11:1 student/teacher ratio in our 1st-5th grade classrooms.
What does Parent Involvement mean to Title I?
Significant family involvement is vital to the success of any Title I program. Odyssey is committed to the partnership between the school, families, and the community. Through that partnership, we are also committed to improve student achievement. We will help build the capacity of our families by providing training workshops and informational materials so that we can all share the responsibility for student academic achievement.
Workshop subjects include:
- Curriculum, Assessments and Standards: Session covers our school’s curriculum and assessments, Georgia’s Academic Standards, the skill levels students are expected to meet, and how to work to improve the achievement of our students.
- Chromebooks: Session covers understanding technology and how it’s being used in the classroom.
- Navigating Odyssey: Session covers how to use Powerschool, teacher websites, and online resources to monitor your student’s progress and work with your teacher to improve the achievement of your student.
Families will also be invited throughout the year to participate in fun curriculum related activities, such as Math Night, Science Night and Reading Night, parent conferences, and focus groups.
Focus Groups are one of the ways families are able to offer suggestions and participate in decisions relating to the education of their children. Families must be involved in the development of the School Improvement Plan, Parent Involvement Policy, Title I Consolidated Application, Parental Involvement Budget, and School-Parent Compact.
For more information regarding parental involvement, please visit our Title I Parent and Family Engagement page or contact our Title I Parental Involvement Coordinator, Jennifer Priser, at PIC@odysseycharterschool.net.
What is a School-Parent Compact?
A School-Parent Compact is essentially an agreement of what the school and the parents will do to help students achieve academic success. Parents, students and the school work together each year to create the compact and then parents must sign and return the compact to the school. Please see our Title I Resources page for our current Compacts.