Title 1



Parent Involvement Programs Mission Statement

District and school-based Title I Parent Involvement Programs in Polk County will strive to build RELATIONSHIPS to create real family engagement for every child, every family, every teacher, every day.

Title I Overview

Components of Title I are:

  • Effective Instruction
  • Professional Development
  • Parental Involvement

Studies show that the more parents are involved in the education of their child, the more academically successful that child will be. The goal of the Title I Parent Involvement program is to give school-based Parent Involvement Facilitators information, materials and resources to enable them to provide for their parents at the school-level. It is the job of the Facilitator to give parents the tools and resources necessary for them to help their child at home. Everyone working together in this way gives the child the best possible support for doing well in school.

Please click on the link below to find helpful resources for parents


District’s Title 1 Parent Involvement  Webpage



District and School Parent and Family Engagement Plan:

All Title 1 schools have copies of the Parent and Family Engagement Plans (PFEPs) in the front office, as well as translated versions.  For a copy of the school PFEP or district PFEP, please call or email the school.

Parent and Family Engagement Plan (PFEP)

Each Title I school shall jointly develop with parents and family members of participating children, a written plan that shall describe how the school will carry out the requirements mentioned below. Parents shall be notified of the plan in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practical, provided in a language the parents can understand. The school plan must be made available to the local community and updated and agreed upon by parents periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.


English FY21 PFEP-Signed  

Spanish 20-21 Spanish HGE PFEP

Highlands Grove-Haitian Creole FY21 PFEP

School-Parent Compact

A school-parent compact is a written agreement between the school and the parents of children participating in Title 1, Part A program that identifies the activities that the parents, the entire school staff and the students will undertake to share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.  This agreement is developed with input from parents, community members and school staff.

At elementary Title 1 schools, the compact is discussed during the Annual Meeting and family/teacher conferences. For a copy of the school compact, see below.  Copies are also available in the school office.

Schoolwide Improvement Plan

The purpose of the schoolwide improvement Plan (SIP) is to develop a plan with school staff and leaders to help improve the academic achievement.

For a copy of the SIP, please email or call the school.  A paper copy is available in the front office or you can visit https://www.floridacims.org


Explanation of State and District Test Scores

The Florida Standards Assessment(FSA) is part of Florida’s overall plan to increase student achievement by implementing higher standards. The FSA, administered to students in grades 3-11, consists of tests that measure selected benchmarks in mathematics, reading, science, and writing from the Florida Standards. Participating students include all students working toward a standard high school diploma, including English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities. Grade 3 students must earn an FSA Reading score of Level 2 or higher on a scale of 1 – 5 in order to be promoted to grade 4. Requirements of FSA scores for passing to the next grade level may be found in the district’s Pupil Progression Plan.

The best understanding of a student’s academic achievement comes from looking at multiple pieces of evidence (including FSA scores) collected over time.  Developmental Scale Scores were introduced in 2002 to track student progress over time and across grade levels to indicate student “growth,” or “learning gains.” For this reason, they are the scores students and parents receive on their FSA Reading and FSA Mathematics Student and Parent Reports. By using  Developmental Scale Scores, parents can monitor their student’s academic progress from one grade to the next. By comparing a student’s scores in the same subject for two or more years with the associated mean scores (or with the various Achievement Levels) for those years, it is possible to identify whether a student’s performance improved, declined, or remained consistent.

Florida Standard Assessments  Information and Fact Sheets


District Testing Calendar for 2020-2021 School Year



Parents Right to Know

Annual Title 1 Meeting

Annual Meeting for Highlands Grove Elementary 20-21 school year was Tuesday, September 29, 2020.   2020-2021 Annual Parent Mtg Voiceover



Please use the link to provide feedback on the Parent and Family Engagement Plan, Schoolwide Improvement Plan or School-Parent Compact.



Fill | Parent/Family Input

Compact, Parent and Family Engagement Plan, School Improvement Plan, Title I Budget, and Parent and Family Engagement Allocation


For questions about Title 1, please contact the Title 1 Coordinator, Laura Tanis, at: laura.tanis@polk-fl.net


Contact Us

Highlands Grove Elementary

4510 Lakeland Highlands Road
Lakeland, FL 33813

Contact Numbers:
Phone: (863)648-3002
Fax: (863) 648-3005



Principal: Lyndsy Kulcher
Assistant Principal: Alexander McLuckey

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