Camden County Schools, for the straight year, has more schools receive the Title I Highest Performing Schools awards than any district in the state. Out of eighty schools in the state receiving the award, six were from Camden County Schools.
What is Title I?
Title I, the federal government’s most expensive K-12 program, annually sends $14.5 billion to school districts across the nation. The program was designed to ensure that poor students receive the same education as rich students and school districts use free-and-reduced lunch statistics to define poverty level.
Schools that have 40 percent or more of their students qualifying for free or reduced lunch are eligible for Title I schoolwide services and this honor. All twelve of Camden County Schools are designated as Title I schools.
The following schools received the designation:
- Crooked River Elementary School – earned designation for the 6th straight year
- Matilda Harris Elementary School – earned designation for the 4th straight year
- Woodbine Elementary
- David L. Rainer Elementary
- Sugarmill Elementary
- Mary Lee Clark Elementary
St. Marys Middle School and Mamie Lou Gross Elementary earned the honor of being named Title I High Progress Schools.
Schools receiving the designation of Highest-Performing School are among five percent of the state’s Title I schools with the highest absolute performance over three years for the “all students” group on statewide assessments.