Title I - Title I Schools

Frequently Asked Questions

A Priority School is:


  • A school among the lowest 5% of Title I schools in the state based on the achievement of their students in terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments who has demonstrated a lack of progress on those assessments over a number of years
  • A Title I-participating or Title I-eligible high school with a graduation rate less than 60% over a number of years
  • A Tier I or Tier II school under the School Improvement 1003(g) grants (SIG) program that is using SIG funds to implement a school intervention model


A Focus School is:

  • A Title I school that has the largest within-school gaps between the highest-achieving subgroup(s) and the lowest-achieving subgroup(s) or, at the high school level, has the largest within-school gaps in graduation rates
  • A Title I high school with a graduation rate less than 60% over a number of years that is not identified as a Priority School


The following steps are required interventions for all Priority and Focus Schools:


  • All Priority and Focus Schools must offer a Flexible Learning Program (FLP)
  • All Priority and Focus Schools must develop a corrective action plan that outlines how the school will implement the FLP
  • All Priority Schools and Focus Schools are required to send notices to parents describing the school’s status, sharing data and information used to support programming decisions and explaining how parents may become involved in improving the school
  • All Priority Schools will be required to set-aside 3% - 5% of their school’s Title I allocation for professional development


The 1003(g) School Improvement Grant (SIG) is a competitive multi-year grant that provides funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs), or school districts, to improve student achievement in selected Priority schools through the implementation of a whole-school reform model that is in alignment with the US ED SIG Guidance and Assurances
*Note – Fox Elementary School is non-Priority as of the 2014-15 school year

Opportunity Schools are persistently failing schools defined as those scoring below 60 on the Georgia Department of Education’s accountability measure, the College and Career Performance Index (CCRPI), for 3 consecutive years.

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a universal meal program, permits eligible schools to provide meal service to all students at no charge, regardless of economic status

Contact Information

Wanda Cline Support Specialist - Title I & School Improvement

706-748-2103



Angela Pugh Support Specialist - East Region

706-748-2107



Christine Pough Support Specialist - Central Region

706-748-2102



Belkys Gammon Title I Support Specialist West Region

706-748-2154