About Student Programs

Responsibilities of the Department of Student Programs include the management of the English Language Learner (ELL) programs, the Academically Talented program, Health Services, Homebound/Home Hospital services, Homeless/McKinney Vento services, Parent University, and the management of all grants.

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Title I Information

What is Title I?

Every Student Succeeds Act

Title I is a federally funded program which provides supplemental funds to schools to assist eligible students to meet their educational goals. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. St. Charles Community Unit School District 303’s Title I program focuses on early intervention, and supplemental programs, elementary level in the areas of reading, math, STEM and social-emotional learning.

Additional information can be found on the Illinois State Board of Education’s website www.isbe.net.

Which Schools are Title I?

How are the funds used?

Schoolwide Programs support all students in the school. Title I is not a standalone program, but is coordinated with other district, state and federal programs to drive improved achievement in the schools. Title I funds can be used to provide additional student programs, professional development for teachers, and a variety of parent and family programs.

Targeted Assistance Programs may only support students who are at risk of not meeting their educational goals as measured by district and state assessments. Title I is not a standalone program, but is coordinated with other district, state and federal programs to drive improved achievement in the schools. Title I funds can be used to provide additional student, teacher and parent resources in our schools and extensive professional development for teachers.

How can I get involved?

School, family and community partnerships can take many forms. In our district, we value and encourage parental involvement at all levels of participation. Please contact your school principal to learn more.

Title I District Parent Compact

McKinney-Vento: Education for Homeless Children

The district supports students that are homeless through a homeless liaison and collaboration with Kane County. The liaison supports students to maintain continuity and access to educational experiences in our community.

Who are Homeless Children and Youth?

Before schools can be certain they are complying with legislation related to educating students experiencing homelessness, they must understand who can be considered homeless. The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) defines "homeless children and youth" (school-age and younger) as:

  • Children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:
  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
  • Abandoned in hospitals.
  • Awaiting foster care placement.
  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
  • The term unaccompanied youth includes a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. This would include runaways living in runaway shelters, abandoned buildings, cars, on the streets, or in other inadequate housing; children and youth denied housing by their families (sometimes referred to as "throwaway children and youth"); and school-age unwed mothers living in homes for unwed mothers because they have no other housing available.

In determining whether or not a child or youth is homeless, consider the relative permanence of the living arrangements. Determinations of homelessness should be made on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Administrative Assistant Angela Meisenheimer at 331-228-4989 with questions or for additional information.


Department of Student Programs Staff

CR Cindy Ruesch

Director of Student Programs

SH Shari Hovious

Admin. Assistant - CTE & Student Programs

AM Angela (Luz) Meisenheimer

Admin. Assistant - L&T Grants/DE&I