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A National Title I Distinguished School


Buckingham Elementary School has been selected by the Maryland State Department of Education for the outstanding academic achievement of our students, and has been named a 2017 National Title I Distinguished School!

BES is nationally recognized for the consistent success of our educational programs and exceptional academic performance of our students. Each state only names two schools as National Title I Distinguished Schools per year, out of over 47,600 Title I schools throughout the nation, making this an especially prestigious honor for our school, faculty and staff, students, and community.

What is Title I?

Title I, Part A is a federal program that provides financial assistance to local school systems and schools with high percentages of children from low income families to support the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. All twenty-four local school systems in Maryland receive Title I funds which are distributed to high poverty schools within their districts so the schools can provide additional academic support and learning opportunities to help low-achieving children master challenging curricula and meet state standards in core academic subjects. Title I funds support extra instruction in reading and mathematics, additional teachers, materials of instruction, as well as after-school and summer programs to extend and reinforce the regular school curriculum. There are currently 424 Title I schools in Maryland. (

How Does Title I help my Child at BES?

As a Title I school, Buckingham helps support students that are most in need of educational help. Using the Response to Intervention framework, we measure all student progress and monitor it carefully, analyzing areas of strength and areas with room for growth. Buckingham also offers many supplemental services and programs to help all children achieve proficiency. Buckingham has a parent involvement plan to ensure parents are involved in all aspects of the Title 1 program and their child's education.

Title I programs offer...

More staff
Smaller class sizes
More technology and teaching materials
Special training and in-service for staff

Parent Involvement is key to a successful Title I Program

Buckingham offers many opportunities for parents to become involved in their child's education and the school wide decision making process.

We encourage you as parents to attend school events and PTA conferences, visit your child's classroom, and volunteer or assist in school related events. Besides being involved at Buckingham, there are many things you can do at home to ensure your child is successful in school.

These include things like reading to your child, and talking about homework. Feel free to contact us to find out more ways you can become involved in your child's education, and the Title I process.

Title I Documents

BES Title I


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BES Title I Budget


WCPS Title I Parent Engagement Plan

BES Title I

Parent Engagement Plan

BES Partners in

Learning Compact

BES Parent and Family Engagement Budget

Parent / Student Handbook

Comprehensive Needs


Title I Four Components


Title I Documents

Parent Feedback Survey

School Improvement Process

Buckingham Elementary uses a School Improvement Model for strategic growth. In order to accomplish long-term sustainable improvements, WCPS expects school improvement teams to conduct well-designed improvement plans. With careful planning and systems for cultivating collaboration, school improvement plans are written to raise student achievement and create a framework for change. By following the steps outlined, schools will be managing improvement projects like other organizations, having clear procedures to help produce success.

School Improvement Plans
BES School Improvement
Plan 2021-2022
School Improvement
Executive Summary
School Improvement
Parent Feedback Form
A National Title I Distinguished School

Buckingham Elementary School has been recognized as a National Title I Distinguished School for our superior Title I program! Only 2 schools a year from each state (100 total) receive this distinction out of 47,600 Title I schools in the US. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of all our students and staff at BES.

Distinguished Title I schools are selected for their innovative programs that lead to positive and successful student academic achievement outcomes. Our partnerships with our parents and community to bring everyone together in the school decision making process is part of the key to our students and schools success.

Schools are selected by their State Education Agency and must qualify under one of the following categories:

  • Category 1: Exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years

  • Category 2: Closing the achievement gap between student groups

  • Category 3: Excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homeless, migrant, English learners, etc.)

This is Buckingham Elementary's first National Distinguished Award, and we would like to thank our entire community for making this achievement possible. As our motto states our Staff, Students, Parents, Community have once again come "Together For Success!"

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