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Title 1

Center Avenue School’s Title I Program


The Butler Area School District is committed to the goal of providing quality education for every child in the District. We recognize that a child’s education is a responsibility shared by the school and family. The school, parents/guardians, and communities must work together as knowledgeable partners in meeting this responsibility.


“Title I” refers to a federal initiative to support student achievement in reading. Center Avenue School has had a school-wide Title I program for many years.


Center Avenue's reading curriculum emphasizes differentiation of instruction and small group instruction targeted to specific skill needs. All of the students participate in the "core" reading instruction - basic skills needed by all students. Core instruction is followed by small group instruction, during which students may work with the classroom teacher, reading specialist, or learning support teacher, depending on their needs.


Center Avenue's classroom teachers are supported by three full-time reading specialists. The reading specialists are responsible for diagnosing & remediating reading problems with individual or small groups of students, as well as for closely monitoring student progress. Once a child has been identified with reading skills that are below grade level, the reading specialist tries to further pinpoint the areas of difficulty and plan a program of remediation. Students work with the reading specialist for as long as necessary to reach grade level, whether a few months or throughout the primary grades, or until further evaluation shows a need for longer-term support through special education.


At the beginning of the school year, usually at Open House, a meeting is held at the school to explain the Title I Program. If you have any questions about the eligibility of your child for this program, please call the principal.