Federal Programs

Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, the Lake Wales Charter Schools system was designated an LEA (local educational agency) with responsibility for managing federal programs and budgets, including:
Title I Part A – Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged: This federal program provides resources and funding to help economically disadvantaged children gain a high-quality education. Resources provide additional teachers, professional development, extra time for teaching, parent involvement activities, and other activities designed to raise student achievement. LWCS has adopted the school-wide model, which gives all students access to Title I services. All six schools in the LWCS system are designated as Title I schools.
Title I Part C (Migrant Education):
 The Title I, Part C-Migrant Education Program funds additional educational programs for migrant students (ages 3-21). Migrant students have the same risk factors as other students, and they face additional challenges because of their frequent moves. This program also helps coordinate educational and support services around the United States, including the timely transfer of academic records.
Title II (Professional Development):
This federal program focuses on high-quality professional development. Title II allows our LWCS system to provide training to improve and increase teachers’ knowledge of academic subjects; offer training on State academic standards for teachers and administrators; improve classroom management skills and effective instruction strategies for teachers; and improve overall teacher performance.
Title III (English Language Learners):

English Language Learners

About Us

The primary focus of the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition is to assist schools and districts with Florida's English Language Learners (ELLs), totaling over 265,000. Florida's diversity of ELLs surpasses most states in the country. Florida is ranked 3rd in ELL population, and although Spanish is the major native language of these students, the ELLs speak more than 300 different languages.

The Bureau is also responsible for ensuring that these students receive comprehensible instruction by monitoring schools and districts for compliance with state and federal rules, regulations, the 1990 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) et al. v. the State Board of Education (SBE) Consent Decree, and the 2003 Modification of the Consent Decree.

In addition, the Bureau manages a Title III grant, currently more than $43 million, which is dispersed to eligible districts. This federal funding focuses on providing supplemental professional development to teachers of ELLs, and on providing scientifically research-based academic programs to assist ELL academic achievement and English language acquisition.

Another focus of the Bureau is the management of World Languages. It is the Bureau's responsibility to offer leadership, coordination, and technical assistance for the implementation of legislation and State Board of Education policy and rule, as well as Department initiatives pertaining to curriculum and instruction for Florida students and teachers.


To request current publications, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition (SALA) at [email protected].

District Contacts

To request current district Contacts plans, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition (SALA) at [email protected].

District ELL Plans

To request current district ELL plans, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition (SALA) at [email protected].

Meetings and Events

For more information on Meetings and Events, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition (SALA) at [email protected].


Chane Eplin, Bureau Chief
325 West Gaines Street
Room 444 Turlington
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone 850-245-0417
Fax: 850-245-0846
Parent Hot Line: 800-206-8956
[email protected]

Title IV (Student Support Services):

What is Student Support and Academic Enrichment?

The purpose of Student Support and Academic Enrichment is to improve student academic achievement by increasing the capacity of state and local educational agencies in the following areas by:

  • providing all students with access to a well-rounded education,
  • improving school conditions for student learnings to support safe and healthy students, and
  • improving the use of technology in order to advance digital literacy of all students.
Title IX Students and Families in Transition

Lake Wales Charter Schools McKinney Vento Program

Our Program:

The Students and Families in Transition Program is a Title IX funded program that is used to assist our students and families that qualify under the definition of homeless. The definition of homeless, according to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, is defined as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” If you, your family, or someone you may know are experiencing this, please continue on this page for more information and resources that can be useful!

Here at Lake Wales Charter Schools we pride ourselves on having an excellent team to be able to service our students and their families in the most beneficial way possible. We are the official contacts for the Lake Wales Charter Schools McKinney Vento Program would love to speak with you if you have any questions or find yourself in need of resources.

Angela Heyward – McKinney Vento Program Liaison 
Angela is our McKinney Vento Program's Liaison for Lake Wales Charter Schools. She services all of our schools each week and devotes countless hours to providing the best assistance possible to our students.
Phone: 863-679-6560 ext. 1236

Email: [email protected]

Laura Downes - Social Worker

Aylin Medina - Migrant Assistant Coordinator

There are plenty of resources that are out there to assist families in their time of need. Listed below are the direct links to programs such as the Lake Wales Care Center, Health Care, Legal Assistance, and much more. Please take the time to check out the information in the links and see all of the information that can be beneficial to you and your family.

• Florida KidCare
• Lake Wales Care Center
• Free Clinics in Polk County
• Central Florida Resources

Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act:
This program provides funding for programs that specifically focus on the academic achievement of career and technical education students, and strengthens the connections between secondary and post-secondary education.
IDEA (Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act):

The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act was first enacted in 1975. The purpose of IDEA is to ensure that all children with disabilities receive a free, appropriate public education to meet their unique needs and prepare them for employment and independent living. IDEA also ensures that the rights of these children and their parents are protected. Further, IDEA assists agencies like the Lake Wales Charter Schools system in providing education to children with disabilities.

Our Exceptional Student Education program also receives support from the Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System. FDLRS provides diagnostic, instructional and technology support services to ESE programs and families of students with disabilities.