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):
This federal program focuses on helping English Language Learners (ELLs) achieve English proficiency, as a means to academic achievement. The overall goal is to ensure that students with limited English proficiency learn the language and master challenging academic content standards.
Title IV (Student Support Services):
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: angela.heyward@lwcharterschools.com

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.