International Academy of Flint (IAF) is fiscally responsible for administering one state and seven federal grant programs under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Title I, Part A - Improving Basic Programs
The Title I, Part A program is designed to help disadvantaged children meet high academic standards by participating in either a school wide or a targeted assistance program. IAF has met the qualifications of a Title I school wide program, which is primarily based on the city of Flint's census poverty level. In a Title I school wide program all students at IAF are considered Title I children, so there is no identification process to provide Title I services. All students are eligible to receive supplementary educational services in core subjects - usually in reading/language arts and math - in order to meet the state of Michigan standards.
IAF depends on Title I funds to offer a variety of programs which include: tutoring in core subjects during the school day and after school by highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals, summer school, kindergarten readiness, family nights, and other programs to support student achievement. School-based decision-making, professional development and parent involvement are important components of IAF's Title I, Part A program.
Title II, Part A - Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting
The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and districts improve teacher and principal quality.
Title II, Part A funds may be used to provide training for teachers, principals and others to address the needs of students with different learning styles and how to provide early and appropriate interventions. Training may also include how to do the following: improve student behavior in the classroom, involve parents in their child’s education, understand and use data and assessments to improve teaching and learning and integrate technology into curricula and instruction.
Section 31a At-Risk - Funded under the State of Michigan School Aid Act
Section 31a of the State School Aid Act provides funding to eligible districts, public school academies or the Education Achievement Authority for instructional and pupil support services who meet the at-risk identification characteristics specified in the legislation. These characteristics include low achievement on State- or local-administered assessments in mathematics, English language arts, social studies or science; failure to meet proficiency standards in reading by the end of 3rd grade or career and college readiness for high school students at the end of 12th grade; a victim of child abuse or neglect; is a pregnant teenager or teenage parent; has a family history of school failure, incarceration or substance abuse; is a pupil in a priority or priority successor school; and in the absence of State or local assessment data, meets at least two or more identified risk factors. Section 31a funds are limited to instructional services, and direct non-instructional services to pupils. They may not be used for administration or other related costs.
Grant Partnerships with Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD)
GISD is fiscally responsible for administering the following federal programs in partnership with the International Academy of Flint and other local districts.
Title III, English Language Learner (ELL)
The ELL Consortium provides direct tutoring services, materials for English language learners, and professional development for teachers and administrators.
Subtitle VII, B - McKinney Vento Homeless
The McKinney-Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. GISD provides key staff members at IAF, including the Homeless Liaison, with on-going training and support to families who qualify for services. Families who live in any of the following situations qualify for assistance: in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
On the street
In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations, or doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing.
Title IV, A - Safe & Drug Free Schools
The Safe and Drug Free school grant funds programs that prevent violence in and around schools, the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, fosters a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports student academic achievement involving parents and the community. IAF receives an allotment from GISD to plan programs each school year. Programs funded under this grant include the Backpack program, Parenting with Love & Logic, Peer Mediation and other community programs.