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TALENTED ARTS PROGRAM
Students receiving Talented Arts services must be evaluated and identified as exceptional through the Special education Department. Talented instruction is provided in art, music, and theater.
TEACHING, LEARNING, AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER (TLTC) REGION II TRAINING CENTER
The Instructional Technology Center houses one of the nine regional Training, Learning, and Technology Centers (TLTC) supported by the State Department of Education Louisiana Center for Educational Technology. This center provides technology training for educators from throughout Region II, which includes numerous surrounding school districts. Training focuses on the integration of instructional technology into the classroom curriculum, use of software and computers, and trouble-shooting.
Title I is a federal aid program for elementary and secondary schools and is designed to support services to improve the educational performance of low-achieving children in high-poverty schools. Under the Title I program, eligible schools in St. Tammany Parish receive grants to implement programs that provide a variety of services to children. Funds are used to provide teachers, paraprofessionals, tutors, mental health providers, computer labs, parental involvement activities, one-on-one tutoring after school, and other activities for the students who are achieving below level.
Schools are selected and funds are allocated based on the percentage of students who are on the free or reduced meal program at the school. In St. Tammany Parish, eligible K-5 schools receive Title I funds.
This federal program is designed to provide funds to increase student academic achievement by elevating teacher and principal quality through recruitment, hiring, and retention strategies and to hold local educational agencies and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement. The intention is to improve teacher skills in reading, language, math, science, and the other core subjects and to improve the quality of instruction in the nation’s public and private schools. The program provides support for professional development opportunities for teachers in grades Kindergarten through twelve. The primary use of Title II funds in the School System is for class-size reduction (CSR) teachers.
TRANSITIONAL FIRST GRADE
A Developmental Placement Program is an integral part of the primary grade structure in St. Tammany Parish Public Schools. An optional transitional grade, or growth year, is offered for students in the mainstream of education who have completed kindergarten, yet are not ready for a full first grade program. The transitional first grade program is designed to place students where they may achieve successfully and realize their full potential without undue stress. A developmental first grade curriculum is taught.
21st CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS
Through a three-year 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, the St. Tammany Parish Public School System has four centers that provide academic tutoring by adults and high school and college students. Students are tutored in reading, mathematics, science, and writing; homework assistance; computer and technological literacy; enrichment programs in art and drama; recreational sports; nutrition; integrated drug and violence reduction/ prevention activities; and parent and community programs. These centers provide summer programs and after-school and evening opportunities for learning in a safe and drug-free environment. Brock Elementary, Chahta-Ima Elementary, Creekside Junior High, and Pine View Middle Schools house the centers. Services are available to students, families, and community members in these four communities. Limited funding may restrict the number of people who can be served at one time.