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Title I/ Learning Assistance Program (LAP)


Tacoma School District’s mission is to provide excellent instruction that results in increased student achievement and creates a dynamic partnership with parents and our community.  Title I and LAP programs as they relate to the district’s strategic plan goals are outlined below. 


 Upcoming Events


​Non Public - Private School Annual Meeting


Held Wednesday, April 15 10:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Professional Development Center (PDC) located at 6501 N 23rd St. Tacoma 98406


 academic excellence

TITLE I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. Title I’s goal is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading and writing.
The Title I program provides student with extra educational assistance beyond the regular classroom and serves students in elementary and secondary (middle and high) schools who have demonstrated extra assistance is needed. Title I also serves students who attend private schools.
The Learning Assistance Program (LAP) is Washington’s state-funded program providing additional academic support to eligible students. Eligible students are those achieving below grade level on the state’s assessment, and 11thand 12th grade students at risk of not graduating. Achievement on district assessment of basic skills may also be considered. LAP funds are available to support programs in Grades K-12 in reading, writing and mathematics and in readiness for those subjects.
Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) include a broad range of programs that provide children with academic interventions, enrichment and/or supervised activities beyond the traditional school day, and in some cases, beyond the traditional school year. Many schools offer extended learning programs as a strategy for improving or enhancing student achievement, and for students who need extra support to be successful academically. What happens before and after school can be as important as what happens during the school day.

 early learning

Preschools – Six new, free, half-day preschools opened in September 2012 in Tacoma’s neediest neighborhoods at Arlington, Boze, Mann, Manitou, Stafford and Stanley elementary schools. 
Each of the new Title I preschools will fill its morning and afternoon sessions with a maximum of 18 students per session and be taught by highly qualified teachers with preschool experience.
At all Title I preschools, the district will provide iPads for students to use in class as a learning tool for letters, sounds and other learning activities.


Parent Involvementparents can influence the success of their student in school more than any teacher or federal program.  Research shows that how well students do in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. 
Professional Development funding through Title I affords district staff with training opportunities in formal, informal or group settings.  Individuals may participate in professional development at the building level to maintain and improve professional competence, keep abreast of new technology and practices, as well as study a variety of academic approaches such as consultation, coaching, lesson study, or mentoring.
McKinney - Vento Homeless Assistance Act was authorized by Congress, December 2001, as part of the No Child Left Behind Legislation.  The purpose of the Act is to remove barriers to education for homeless/transitional students and provide educational stability.


CHAMPS is a module of classes for educators that focus on classroom organization as the key to managing discipline.  The theory assumes that when students know what is expected of them, they will behave and the classroom will run smoother.
Safe and Civil Schools is a practical program designed to help K-12 educators foster respect and responsibility in students and improve school climate and culture.
Compassionate Schools provides training, guidance, referral and technical assistance to schools wishing to adopt a Compassionate Schools Infrastructure.  Compassionate Schools benefit all students who attend but focus on students chronically exposed to stress and trauma in their lives.  The goal is to keep students engaged and learning by creating and supporting a healthy climate and culture within the school where all students can learn.

 Contact Us


Tracye Ferguson
Director Title I and Early Learning
601 South 8th Street
Tacoma, WA  98405
253.571.1049 - Office
253.571.1219 - FAX