Faculty, staff, school board officials, parents, and supporters of Sneads High School converged on the SHS campus last Friday for the formal announcement of their prestigious award. They received notice on December 5, 2016 that the National Title I Association had named Sneads High School from Sneads, Florida as a National Title I Distinguished School by the Florida State Department of Education. Sneads High School is one of up to 100 schools throughout the country that is being nationally recognized for exceptional student achievement in 2016.
A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. It highlights the efforts of schools across the country making significant improvements for their students. The program has been in place since 1996, showcasing the success of hundreds of schools in one of three categories:
Category 1: Exceptional student performance for two consecutive years
Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups
Category 3: Excellence in serving special populations of students
Title I is the cornerstone of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It is the largest federally funded pre-college education program in the United States and provides funding to school districts across the country to aid in the education of economically disadvantaged students.
The National Title I Association is a membership organization made up of the Title I Directors from each of the states and territories, who are charged with managing their state Title I program to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to ensure that all children - especially those living in economically disadvantaged conditions - have the opportunity to receive a high quality education.
The National Title I Association implemented the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program to highlight selected schools that have successfully used their Title I federal funds to improve the education for economically disadvantaged students.
Principal John Shouse could not be prouder of his school, faculty and staff, “This is a great honor and I am truly proud of each and every faculty member, staff, and the students for the hard work they have put in and continue to put in to make Sneads great. I have so many dedicated teachers and workers who go above and beyond what is expected of them and to be recognized for it is awesome.”
Jackson County Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore was equally as proud of Sneads High School, “I would like to congratulate the faculty, staff, and students of Sneads High, along with the entire community for achieving national recognition.”