The National Title I Association's Distinguished School Program annually recognizes two schools in every state that are defined as Title I. Title I schools, a designation based on the percentage of their students who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals, receive additional federal funding to support populations of at-risk or economically-disadvantaged students through enhanced programming.
To be selected as a Distinguished School, schools must have a student population with at least 35 percent or higher poverty rate for each year, and either demonstrate high academic achievement for two or more consecutive years (High Achieving Schools) or significantly close the achievement gap between specific student groups and their peers (Closing the Achievement Gap).
Belle Chasse Primary School was recognized in the category of Closing the Achievement Gap. The school has earned an "A" letter grade for three consecutive years, and from 2015-2016 to 2016-2017, it narrowed the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged students and their peers by 11 percent, and between students with disabilities and their peers by 12 percent.
They were invited to attend the National Title I Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 8-11, where they will be honored among distinguished schools nationwide.
Congratulations Belle Chasse Primary School!