Title I and Learning Assistance Programs provide supplemental reading and/or math support for selected students and schools. These programs serve specific schools that meet the criteria set by the federal and state governments.

2016-17 Public School Choice Changes:

If your child currently attends a school outside of your neighborhood through the federal Public School Choice (PSC) option (available prior to 2016-17) related to the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status of Title I schools. This option, which you chose, has allowed your child to attend your school of choice.

Although the legislation no longer allows the PSC option beginning 2016-17 school year, we wish to honor the commitments we’ve made to families for the remainder of their children’s elementary school years. Unfortunately, the federal Title I funds that were provided to the district are no longer required to be used for transportation costs related to PSC. Therefore, we will no longer provide transportation, or mileage reimbursements, for students attending an out-of-neighborhood school, based on the AYP option.

If you wish to remain in your school of choice, you will now need to provide transportation for your child.

If you would like your child to continue in the school of choice they are currently attending, and you are able to provide transportation for your child, please complete and submit a Request for Student Attendance Area Transfer form PRIOR to the end of the current school year. You will be required to submit this form annually in order for your child to remain enrolled in the choice school.

OSPI’s Parent Guide: What Is Title I?

Title I in Bellingham Public Schools:

In the Bellingham Public Schools we have six elementary schools that receive Federal Title I, Part A funds – Alderwood, Birchwood, Carl Cozier, Cordata, Roosevelt, and Sunnyland.

Annual Notifications:

Title I & Parent Involvement:

Family Engagement is one of our key strategies in The Bellingham Promise.  We strive to partner with families through parent involvement activities, open communication, and welcoming schools.

Services for Homeless Students:

Title I services are provided to students in non-Title I schools who qualify as homeless status and are in need of additional academic support. Lisa D’Hondt manages our Title I Homeless Services and can be reached at 676-6446 ext: 5626.

Title I & Private Schools:

As per federal regulations, Title I funds are used to support the academic needs of qualifying students enrolled at private schools.  Private schools must opt to participate in the program. All private schools are notified annually with information on how to indicate their intent to participate.

District & School Report Cards:

  • Links to School Report Cards can be found on each school’s website
  • Links to District Report Card
  • NAEP
  • Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO)
  • Schools Identified as Priority, Focus, Emerging:  We are fortunate to not have any Bellingham Public Schools identified as Priority, Focus or Emerging. 

Complaint Process – File a Citizen’s Complaint:

OSPI has a written formal complaint process for resolving issues of violation of a Title I Federal regulation. If you have a concern with Title I services and/or regulations we encourage you to contact your child’s Title I teaching team, your school’s principal and/or the district’s Title I office (676-6542). You can also access the Citizen’s Complaint Process through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Olympia.  The link below has all of the information for filing a complaint through OSPI.


State Learning Assistance Program (LAP) funds in the Bellingham Public Schools are used to provide supplemental reading services to qualifying students in grades K- 4 who are not yet at standard.

Elementary LAP Reading Support:

Each elementary school has a part time reading support person for working with students to support their reading development.  The elementary LAP Reading Teachers provide supplemental instruction for striving readers.  The intervention materials used for much of this instruction is Fountas and Pinnell’s  Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) curriculum.

Community Partnerships:

LAP funds are also used to support Community Partnerships.  The Bellingham Public Schools – Western Washington University Collective Impact initiative strives to bring together community stakeholders and resources in an effort to bridge opportunity gaps by enhancing support and increasing opportunities for children in our schools.

Middle School & High School LAP Reading Support:

Each middle school offers Scholastic’s Read 180 curriculum as a part of their differentiated support for striving readers.  American Reading curriculum is also used in some middle school reading support classes. Squalicum High School also offers Read 180.  For questions regarding Read 180 please email Kiersten Barr or call 676-5752 to speak with her.