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What is Title I?

Title I is the largest single program of federal aid for elementary and secondary education. The program was instituted in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson to improve educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged children and to close the achievement gap between rich and poor students and between minority and White students. In 2000, the federal government contributed over $10 billion through Title I programs in over 90% of school districts nationwide. 

The Mission of Title I in the Corinth School District

Corinth School District believes that all students can succeed in school, and we believe that fundamental to that success is a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy that begins in early childhood. In support of that goal, the mission of the Title I program is to provide early, effective, and consistent reading and mathematics instruction that is aligned with classroom instruction and that is based on researched best practices, particularly in early childhood education, blended learning, dyslexia intervention, and English Learner instruction.

As part of this mission, we aim to determine those children who are most in need of Title I support and accelerate their learning so they can succeed in the classroom, ultimately gaining the necessary skills for a lifetime of success. Toward this end, Corinth’s Title I program supports students at risk of school failure from preschool through 8th grade.

Title I, Part A Services in the Corinth School District

Currently, Corinth School District has Title I programs in the elementary school, and the middle school. Due to a high free and reduced lunch rate, both Corinth Elementary School and Corinth Middle School qualify for Schoolwide Title I designation. This designation allows all students enrolled in these schools to benefit from Title I funded programs.  Funds are used to support English language acquisition, reading, and math instruction through teachers, teaching assistants, instructional materials, and program support for over 1800 students in the district. Teachers provide instruction in several different models including combinations of push in and pull out instruction/intervention.

Title I, Part D Services in the Corinth School District

Title I, Part D, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, also called the Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent or At-Risk Act, provides financial assistance to educational programs for youths in state-operated institutions or community day programs. The program also provides financial assistance to support school division programs involving collaboration with locally operated correctional facilities.


The Corinth School District is the Fiscal Agent for the following institution qualifying for Title I Part D funding:

The Alcorn County Juvenile Detention Center

Christy Welch

Juvenile Detention Director

Corinth School District

1204 North Harper Rd.

Corinth, MS 38834


[email protected] 

Title II, Part A Services in the Corinth School District

Federal funds awarded under Title II, Part A, support programs to increase academic achievement by supporting teachers’ professional growth and thus enhancing instructional quality in the classrooms. The Corinth School District utilizes these funds to employ a curriculum specialist, whose responsibilities include:

  • Providing evidence-based professional development activities that improve the knowledge of teachers and principals and, in appropriate cases, paraprofessionals, in content knowledge and instructional practices;
  • Carrying out programs and activities that are designed to improve the quality of the teaching force, such as innovative professional development programs that focus on technology literacy, teacher leadership, teacher and principal preparation, and differentiated pay programs.
  • Leadership development for teacher leaders, principals, and other school leaders, to include:
    • Professional development to improve leadership capacity;
    • Leadership initiatives; and
    • Leadership mentoring


Title III, Part A English Learner Program

The Corinth School District’s English Learner Program is a federally-funded grant authorized by the Title III, Part A (English Learners and Immigrant Youth) program through the Mississippi Department of Education. The English Learner Program in the Corinth School District recognizes the rich cultural, economic, and intellectual resources that our multilingual students bring to the community. These services are provided We welcome our linguistically and culturally diverse students and families, and seek to ensure their academic, civic, and economic success through a rigorous curriculum and engaging pedagogy.

In the Corinth School District we:

  • Welcome families who are coming from abroad and/or speak languages other than--or in addition to--English at home with:
    • the school registration process, by appointment;
    • the transition to school in the United States; and
    • connections to community organizations and resources.
  • Supplement the instructional needs of English Learners (ELs) and their teachers.
  • Provide language interpreters and translation services for schools.
  • Facilitate family engagement initiatives in collaboration with schools.
  • Design professional development for teachers of ELs.


Hollie Butler

EL Coordinator

Corinth School District 

1204 North Harper Rd. 

Corinth, MS 38834

Phone: 662-287-2425

Title IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment

The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is used to improve student academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to: 1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; 2) improve school conditions for student learning; and 3) improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. 

Based on the results of a needs assessment, the LEA must use:

  • At least 20 percent of funds for activities to support well-rounded educational opportunities;
  • At least 20 percent of funds for activities to support safe and healthy students; and
  • A portion of funds for activities to support effective use of technology

The Corinth School District uses Title IV, Part A funds to:

  • Purchase web-based subscriptions for students;
  • Provide health-related professional development (COVID, CPR) for teachers; and
  • Dual enrollment fees for economically disadvantaged students


Title IV Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers  

The purpose of the Mississippi Department of Educations' Title IV, Part B, Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:

  • provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, to meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects;
  • offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and
  • offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.


These centers can operate before, during, or after school or any time the regular school day is not in session.

The Corinth School District uses Title IV, Part B funds to provide:

  • Afterschool tutoring;
  • Foundational Studies and Enrichment opportunities during Intersessions;
  • Before school tutoring; and
  • During school ACT Prep


District Partners:

South Tippah School District (Ripley Middle School)

The Lighthouse Foundation

The Boys & Girls Club of Corinth

Project Attention

Title V Part B, Rural Education

The Rural Education Initiative 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 allocations under other programs in amounts too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes.

 Title IX, Part A Homeless Education

Families in Crisis Program

The Corinth School District’s Families in Crisis Program is a federally-funded grant authorized by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act​ through the Mississippi Department of Education. The program is meant to ensure the enrollment, attendance, and the success of homeless children and youth in school. In addition, emergency services, referrals for health services, transportation, school supplies, and costs related to obtaining school records may be provided.

We believe all children can be successful in school. We are here to help.

Families in Crisis Services

  • Enrollment assistance
  • Tutoring
  • School supplies
  • Counseling
  • Referral to local resources, including food and clothing supply


John Barnett

Homeless Liaison

Corinth School District 

1204 North Harper Rd.

Corinth, MS 38834

Phone: 662-287-2425


Tanya Nelson

Director of Federal Programs

Corinth School District 

1204 North Harper Rd. 

Corinth, MS 38834

Phone: 662-287-2425

2020-2021 Summative Evaluation of the Corinth—South Tippah Academy of Learning 21st Century Community Learning Center Program