The purpose of federal programs is to provide opportunities will enhance students' educational accomplishments beginning as early pre-kindergarten. These programs are designed to promote student achievement as each student acquires the knowledge and skills as outlined in the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards in the areas of language arts/reading, mathematics, science, and social studies, as well as enhance the character education and drug-free curriculum that is addressed in all schools.
These allocations, combined with state and local funds, supplement the programs that are currently in place within the district to improve student achievement. Schools with seventy percent (70%) or more children from low-income families qualify to provide schooled services to all students. Currently, all schools in the Holly Springs School District meet this criterion and operate schoolwide programs. Federal Programs in the Holly Springs School District also provide equitable services to qualifying students at Holy Family Elementary School and other non-public/private schools. The three federal programs utilized in the district are Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; and Title IV, Part A.
Title I, Part A (Basic) provides federal financial assistance to public schools with the highest number or percentages of low income students to help ensure that all students meet challenging Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards. These special populations include, but are not limited to, minority students, English Learners (ELs), students with disabilities, migrant students, immigrant students, and homeless students.
Title II, Part A (Effective Instruction) provides federal financial assistance to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality; increase the number of highly qualified teachers in the classrooms; improve the skills of principals and assistant principals in schools; and increase the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.
Title IV, Part A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment - SSAE Program) provides federal financial assistance to public schools to improve student achievement by providing all students with access to a well-rounded education' improving school conditions for student learning; and improving the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
Title V, Part A (Rural Education Achievement Program - REAP) is designed to address the unique needs of small, rural local education agencies (LEAs) that frequently lack the personnel and resources needed to compete effectively for Federal competitive grants and receive formula grant allocation under other programs in amounts too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.