Students who reside in the Bellefonte Area School District, yet attend St. John's Parochial School (a nonpublic school), receive Title I services by Bellefonte Area School District Title I professional staff members. Students are initially assessed for Title I services following teacher or parent referral. Students designated as needing services are given specific performance-based assessments to determine eligibility. Eligible students receive instruction that is aligned to student need and coordinated with the classroom teachers.
The Title I Reading Program for nonpublic schools provides explicit instruction and ample practice opportunities. Formal and informal assessment tools along with a baseline diagnosis of essential skills provide the data for teachers to design individualized learning opportunities for Title I students. Pre- and post- assessments, along with progress monitoring assessments, enable students, parents, and teachers to see individual student progress. Title 1 reading specialists begin working with identified students in grades 1-3.
The District provides a pull-out program that addresses the individual learning needs for identified students in grades 1-3. Throughout the school year, instructional reinforcement materials, home involvement publications, progress reports, and parent letters are sent home. Also, parents are given the opportunity to attend parent-teacher conferences, informational meetings and training workshops. Teachers, whom deliver Title I Reading services, are provided the opportunity to participate in on-going, sustained professional development activities in the area of literacy.