Title I

What is Title I?

Title I is a federally funded grant designed to help schools meet the needs of all students and to provide resources to help improve educational success for families.

Every Title I school has a Family-School Compact and a Parent and Family Engagement School Policy. Title I schools also host events to provide family engagement and involvement opportunities.

More information on the Title I program can be found on the PWCS Title I webpage.

West Gate Elementary School Title I Staff Contact Information

Susan Bowden
Title 1 Reading Teacher
[email protected] 
(703) 368-4404

Title I Family-School Compact


We are ONE TEAM with ONE VISION: high achievement for ALL students


As a high functioning professional learning community we will:

  • Continue to be a model PLC
  • Continue to focus on what is best for students
  • Uphold the integrity of our school name and the people we represent through hard, honest work and commitment
  • Continue to look at students by name and by need
  • Never stop improving

Student Agreement

I will …

  • Be self-motivated
  • Set goals
  • Do homework, review, and practice (study) at home
  • Tell our family and teachers about school and our interests
  • Attend school regularly and on time

Family/Parent Agreement

We will … 

Participate in our child’s education

  • Set goals and celebrate success
  • Support learning and help our child study
  • Get our child(ren) to school on time
  • Partner with our school
  • Come to meetings and events

Teachers/Staff Agreement

We will …

  • Communicate with families
  • Provide support for students
  • Build relationships with families
  • Communicate and connect with families
  • Keep parents up to date on child’s progress

Title I Parent and Family Engagement School Policy

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) Title I program is established to improve student achievement so that every student will graduate on time with the knowledge, skills, and habits of mind necessary to create a thriving future for themselves and their community.

West Gate Elementary School will ensure effective involvement of families and will support a partnership among the school, parents, guardians, and community to improve student achievement in the following ways: 

School Family Engagement Policy

  • Review the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy which is jointly developed and distributed to parents.
  • Provide all parents with information about the schools’ participation in Title I at the Annual Meeting and inform parents of their right to be involved.
  • Invite and encourage all parents to attend all Title I Family meetings and events. Inform parents that the school may provide support for them to attend meetings.
  • Involve family participation in the planning, review, and improvement of the schools’ Title I Schoolwide/Continuous Improvement Plan
  • Provide parents with information about the Title I program, the curriculum, academic assessments, and students’ expected proficiency levels.
  • Notify the PWCS Title I Office if the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children. 

Shared Responsibilities for High Student Achievement

  • Invite parents to volunteer, observe, and/or participate in their child’s class(es) and school.
  • Include a schedule for parent-teacher conferences and progress reports.
  • Invite parents to participate in events related to academics.

Building Capacity for Engagement

  • Assist parents to understand the state’s academic content, achievement standards, and assessments.
  • Communicate with families on a regular basis regarding their child’s progress in school; including school performance information and student assessment results.
  • Provide materials and training to help parents support their children’s academic progress.
  • Develop, in consultation with families, a Family-School Compact, stating how the school and families will share the responsibility for high student performance. Review the Family-School Compact annually with families and school staff.
  • Educate teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and other staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and how to communicate and work with parents as equal partners.
  • Coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement programs and activities with other federal and state programs supporting preschool, multilingual students, and students with disabilities.
  • Ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents in a format that is practicable and in a language that parents can understand.
  • Distribute annual parent surveys encouraging parents to respond to additional support needed to participate in parent and family engagement.
  • Provide opportunities to participate in decision-making at Parent Advisory Council meetings, Parent Teacher Organization meetings, and meetings related to Title I program planning.


  • Provide opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents with disabilities, in a format that is practicable and in a language that parents can understand.

Important Dates and Upcoming Title I Events

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Elementary Schools

  • November 6, 2023
  • January 26, 2024

Middle Schools and High Schools       

  • Touch base days will be scheduled by schools

Last Day of Grading Periods

  • November 3, 2023
  • January 26, 2024
  • April 8, 2024
  • June 7, 2024 

Title I Parent & Family Engagement Events (additional events may be added)

  • Annual Title I Family Engagement Meeting: Wednesday, September 13, 2023
  • Title I Family Engagement Meeting: Thursday, October 5, 2023
  • Title I Family Engagement Meeting: Thursday, November 16, 2023
  • Title I “Summer Thrive” Family Engagement Meeting: Wednesday, May 29, 2024 and Thurs., May 30, 2024