The following programs provide EPS greater capacity to meet the unique needs of our students and school communities:
Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
Funds to districts are approved, based on strategic district planning to provide additional academic and social-emotional support to schools, with the exclusive focus on improving academic outcomes in literacy and math for students who are not currently meeting grade level standards. Evergreen Public Schools distributes LAP funds to all K-12 schools. Services include direct academic support in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Graduation Assistance and Social-Emotional Learning that supports academic improvement.
Funds to districts are based on approved planning to provide additional academic and social-emotional support to schools. Historically, Title IA services have focused exclusively on literacy and math. Under the authorization of ESSA, our district is now able to apply these grant funds to support expanded academic efforts, including science and art, as well as provide more extensive support in social-emotional learning. Current grant funds support 14 of our 21 elementary schools.
Student Support and Academic Enrichment
Funds to districts are approved to provide supplemental support to students, according to district trends in three areas: Developing a well-rounded educational experience; Creating safe school communities; Improving the use of technology in the classroom. Evergreen Public Schools provides resources and professional development to our schools that attend to each of these three areas of focus. Support to schools is designed to achieve specific student outcomes, based upon personalized planning with our schools and according to the unique needs of the students and staff.
Funds to districts are approved based on strategic planning to support students and families who are experiencing homelessness. Evergreen Public Schools has developed a Students in Transition team to provide assistance that reduces barriers to full school participation and educational stability. For more information regarding the specific supports available, please visit the link for Homeless Students and Families.
As a part of our Title IA work, Evergreen Public Schools has designed a program to support our students who are in foster care placement. Supports focus on improving educational stability and outcomes for students and reducing transitions that are often associated with foster care. Our Students in Transition team provides guidance and support for students in our foster care program.