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What is Title I?

Title I is a federally funded program designed to help students meet academic standards in reading and math in order to succeed in school. Title I-A is a section of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that established these programs. It is formula-funded based on poverty levels, but the services provided are for students at-risk of not meeting Arizona's K-12 Standards in reading and math, so that they can improve their skills, succeed in the regular classroom and reach grade-level proficiency.

What is the purpose of Title I?

The purpose of Title I is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, high-quality education and to close educational achievement gaps. Title I supports our Title I schools to help ensure every child has access to an excellent education.

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Scottsdale Unified School District - Title I

How is this accomplished?

  • Supplemental programs (before/after school)
  • Instructional support services
  • School-wide reform efforts
  • Teacher professional development
  • Increased involvement of parents in their children’s education
  • Evidence-based teaching strategies

Title I Program Functions

Schoolwide Programs
Title I Schoolwide Programs

SUSD has nine schools that operate in the Title I Schoolwide Program that offer additional services.

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A Title I Schoolwide Program is a school that receives Part A funds “to upgrade the entire educational program of a school that serves an eligible school attendance area in which not less than 40 percent of the children are from low-income families, or not less than 40 percent of the children enrolled in the school are from such families.”

The focus of a Schoolwide Program is Comprehensive Schoolwide Reform to ensure all students are able to attain academic proficiency based upon state academic standards.

Each SUSD Title I school conducts a Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) annually to identify strengths and needs in order to increase student achievement and strengthen school systems leading to sustainable improvement.

SUSD Pre-Kindergarten

Free all-day instruction for four-year-old students that live within the boundaries of a Title I elementary school.

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The SUSD Title I Pre-Kindergarten is a federally funded program for four-year-olds (prior to September 1st of the current year) who demonstrate academic need. This program is provided at no cost to those students who live within the attendance area of a Title I elementary school in SUSD. The Title I Pre-Kindergarten program provides instruction in a learning environment that nurtures language and emergent literacy, where children will grow and flourish in a developmentally appropriate setting.

Participating Locations:

  • Hohokam Elementary
  • Navajo Elementary 
  • Pima Traditional
  • Tavan Elementary
  • Tonalea K8
  • Yavapai Elementary
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Homeless Support
Homeless Support

Support resources for homeless children and youth so they can access free, appropriate public education.

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Click for more information: Right to be Educated.

"To ensure that homeless children and youth have access to a free, appropriate public education, comparable to that provided to the children of any Arizona resident and consistent with Arizona's mandatory school attendance laws."  

SUSD Homeless Liaison:
Clinical Services Coordinator
Shannon Cronn, Ed. S.
(480) 484-5094

Foster Care Support
Foster Care Support

SUSD collaborates with child welfare agencies to effectively address the educational needs of children in foster care.

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The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), contains key provisions to promote educational stability and success for students in foster care. ESSA requires state and local educational agencies to collaborate with child welfare agencies to effectively address the educational needs of children in foster care. 

Please contact Shannon Cronn, Ed. S. at (480) 484-5094 if you have any questions. Additional information is found on the Arizona Department of Education website. 

Parent Resources


Margaret Serna
Executive Director

Shelley Pappas
Title I Coordinator/ Pre-K Coordinator

Francisca Garcia
Coordinator & Compliance of Federal & State Grants

Cyndy Parks
Executive Administrative Assistant

Title I Schools

Parents Right to Know

Parents Right To Know (English)
Parents Right To Know (Spanish)

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