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Program Evaluation

Categorical Funding Descriptions

Title I

Montebello Unified School District receives federal Title I funding for its 23 elementary and intermediate schools. The purpose of the Title I Program is to provide additional resources to assist students who have not met, or who are at risk of not meeting, California’s rigorous content standards in the areas of English language arts and mathematics. Schools utilize Title I funds to provide scientific research-based supplemental programs, as well as instructional strategies, to students in order to accelerate their progress and bridge the achievement gap in these two specific content areas. Additionally, schools provide high quality professional development to their staff to implement and support these supplemental strategies and programs and to increase student achievement. Parents also receive training in curriculum and instruction, parenting, as well as in leadership roles and responsibilities for school advisory committees. Under federal law, Title I schools that have a concentration of at least 40 percent of students living in poverty may qualify to operate a schoolwide Title I program. All MUSD Title I schools meet this requirement and have elected to participate in a schoolwide program. A benefit of participating in a schoolwide program is that all students at the school are eligible to participate. Research shows that to close the achievement gap in high priority schools, a school’s entire educational program must be improved. The schoolwide Title I program assists in this process.

State Compensatory Education (SCE)

While elementary and intermediate schools within the Montebello Unified School District receive federal Title I funds, our district’s high schools participate in the State Compensatory Education (SCE) program. The SCE program is a state supplemental program that mirrors the federal Title I program. The program’s focus, as with Title I, is to bridge the achievement gap for underperforming students in English language arts and mathematics. The high schools utilize SCE funds to provide scientific research-based supplemental programs, as well as instructional strategies, to students in order to accelerate their progress and bridge the achievement gap in these two specific content areas. Additionally, high schools provide high quality professional development to their staff to implement and support these supplemental strategies and programs and to increase student achievement. Parents also receive training in curriculum and instruction, parenting, as well as in leadership roles and responsibilities for school advisory committees.

Title I Program for Non-Public Schools

Title I services may be provided on-site at local private schools, including religiously affiliated schools, or at other locations. Funds are generated on the basis of the number of children from low-income families who reside in the participating Montebello Unified School District attendance areas, but attend the private school. Private school students who reside within a Title I attendance area and who are failing or at risk of failing to meet high academic standards in English language-arts and/or mathematics are eligible to receive services utilizing a Targeted Assistance Program model, with services provided by MUSD or a third-party provider. Title I funds are used to provide scientific research-based supplemental programs, as well as instructional strategies, to identified MUSD Title I students in order to accelerate their progress and bridge the achievement gap in these two specific content areas. Local private schools located within the Montebello Unified School District that participate in the Title I program include:

  • Armenian Mesrobian School (Pico Rivera)
  • Bell Gardens Christian School (Bell Gardens)
  • Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary (Montebello)
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal School (Montebello)
  • St. Benedict School (Montebello)
  • St. Gertrude School (Bell Gardens)