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Every Palms family should turn in a Meal Application as soon as possible after the school year begins.

It's important!

For meal prices, see the Student Cafeteria page.

Title I

Title I ("title one") is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as incorporated into the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

The Title I program distributes funding to schools with a high percentage of students from low-income families, as determined by the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-cost meals. Palms Middle School qualifies as a Title I school and receives additional funding on that basis. Without this funding, approximately $300,000 in a typical year, Palms would have one fewer counselor, fewer days with a school nurse, no after-school Library hours, and Palms would be unable to make other campus purchases, such as computers for the Computer Lab.

The LAUSD Parent Involvement Policy, Palms Parent Involvement Policy, and Palms School-Family Compact for the 2019-2020 school year will be mailed home in late fall 2019.


Annual Title I Meeting





Palms Qualification History

Palms first qualified for Title I funding in the 2004-2005 school year with 47% of students shown to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The percentage has been over 40% ever since.

The October Surprise: In Fall 2011, not all qualified families applied yet the 49.4% of students from qualified Palms families who did submit applications easily exceeded the 40% threshold set by LAUSD. But LAUSD then raised the funding threshold to 50% after the application period had ended, leaving Palms and 22 other LAUSD schools unable to prove they still qualified for funding. A partial one-time allocation made up for a portion of the lost funding but long-standing Palms programs, including tutoring and our after-school sports programs, still had to be cut that year.

The dotted line in this chart shows the LAUSD funding threshold, including the after-the-fact switch in 2011.

graph of free and reduced-price lunches

Lesson learned: Based on the October Surprise, Palms has made a more extensive effort since Fall 2012 to let parents know about the importance of submitting applications. As a result, Palms has qualified with over 50% eligible families each year since. Getting the word out to parents is still of vital importance, and that's why you should submit a Meal Application whether or not you think your family qualifies for free or reduced-price meals.


Ms. Andersen, Title I Coordinator

Title I Parent Involvement Policy

The Title I Parent Involvement Policy describes the means by which Palms Middle School involves Title I parents in the school's programs.

Among the topics covered are how Title I parents are invited to

  • Title I Parent Study Groups
  • The Title I Focus group
  • School level activities related to the Program Improvement Plan
  • Training in understanding the Program Improvement Plan and the Single Plan for Student Achievement

The Policy also covers coordination with other LAUSD programs, the annual evaluation of the parental involvement program, goals for effective communication, and other Title I policy goals.

The Title I Parent Involvement Policy was mailed to every student's home on September 14, 2016, and can be downloaded below. It does not require a parent or guardian signature.

See also the general Parent Involvement Policy.


Title I Parent Involvement Policy

Palms Parent Involvement Policy (English and Spanish)

Palms School-Family Compact