Please provide information on how schools are selected to receive the extended day program.
Funding for extended day programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels are allocated to schools in multiple ways, with funding and programs available to all schools. Schools also offer achievement-focused after-school programs that provide academic support and enrichment.
In some schools, a grant or an external partnership also may supplement an extended day program.
At the elementary level, all schools have some funding to support after-school programming focused on academic support and enrichment. In certain cases, funding is based on school enrollment, poverty impact as measured by the Free and Reduced-price Meal System (FARMS) rate, special programs at the school, or a grant or external partnership that offers the opportunity for a school to receive a supplemental extended day program. For example, all Title I schools have structures for extended day programs using Title 1 funds to offer extended day academic sessions and purchase materials. In addition, Title I schools can implement an accelerated and enriched extended day program in order to provide students with increased access to advanced programming.
At the middle school level, all schools receive an allocation to offer middle school extended day and extended year programs, driven by needs at the local school. Extracurricular program funds are allocated to all schools and additional allocations are tiered, based on school size and the FARMS rate. Based on input from principals and other stakeholders, local schools have flexibility to design extended day and extended year programs to match student needs, within scheduling and other logistical parameters established by MCPS. In addition, each middle school has been allocated funding for achievement-focused extracurricular programs, which provide opportunities for academic support and enrichment, activities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and other locally developed programs connected to student achievement. These allocations are also tiered by the FARMS rate.
At the high school level, each high school receives an allocation for graduation interventions (formerly known as High School Plus) to offer after-school courses for credit recovery. These extended day courses supplement other credit recovery programs and opportunities for online coursework. All high schools also are allocated funding to support other extracurricular programs that provide academic enrichment such as STEM and Robotics, It’s Academic, Mock Trial, Math Teams, Forensics and Debate, and other locally developed achievement-focused programs.