Programs and Services

Joshua Academy Title I School-Wide Program

Schools with poverty rates of 40% or higher are eligible to implement a school-wide Title I program. The purpose of a school-wide program is to improve student achievement throughout the entire school. Individual students are not identified as eligible to participate. Rather, every child will benefit from the added services and programs that a school-wide Title I educational program provides, which will improve the achievement of all students, particularly those who are low achieving. In addition, a school must develop and implement the improvement plan with the involvement of parents, teachers, principals, and administrators. Essentially, a school-wide program helps a school do more for all of its students.

Administrators, teachers, and Title I staff work to:

  • Identify students most in need of educational help, regardless of income
  • Measure student progress utilizing state and local standards
  • Set goals for improvement
  • Implement research-based instruction to supplement regular classroom instruction
  • Improve professional knowledge and skills through continuing education
  • Involve parents in all aspects of the school’s Title I program

Schools receiving Title I funds are evaluated each year by administrators, teachers, and parents using state and local assessments to determine if the school has made adequate yearly progress. If the program goals have not been met, program and school plans are revised.

Parental involvement is a critical component of the Title I legislation. Schools receiving Title I funding are obligated to implement programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in school-related programs. Schools may also provide opportunities for parents to increase their knowledge and skills related to their children’s education. Such programs, activities, and procedures must be planned and implemented for parents of participating children. Parents can also find information and resources on the Parent Portal at the Indiana Department of Education as well as Indiana Partnerships Center.

The more involved parents are in their child’s education, the more success a child will have in school. We encourage all parents to become an active member in their child’s education. You can become more involved by:

  • Joining parent organizations
  • Supporting school activities
  • Volunteering at school
  • Attending parent-teacher conferences
  • Communicating with your child’s teacher regularly by writing notes, telephone, or email
  • Keeping your child’s teacher informed about events in his or her life, which may affect his/her performance
  • Sharing ideas with parent organizations, parent meetings, and your child’s teacher are other ideas for parent involvement

Joshua Academy McKinney - Vento Program

Homeless Assistance

Joshua Academy provides services to students and families experiencing homelessness in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless students. 

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless as: an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence. Students living in motels/hotels, shelters, cars, abandoned buildings, on the streets, abandoned in hospitals etc., are considered homeless. However, the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless also includes:
(1) Children and youth who are: – sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as “doubled-up”)
(2) Students who move from place to place; sleeping on floors; couches; whatever and wherever space is available.
(3) Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.  
If you would like additional information or apply for assistance, please complete our Housing Questionnaire found below and contact our school’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison:

Mrs. Cynthia Ehmke, MSW, LSW
School Social Worker
  (812) 401-6300
Thank you!