Mountain Pointe presents "Noises Off!"

Zack Pepe, Molly Brantingham, Shannon Phelps, Kayla Aicard and Matt Pierson rehearse Mountain Pointe’s first production of the year – Noises Off! Aug 10, 2011 Darryl Webb/AFN

Darryl Webb/AFN

Mountain Pointe High School is benefitting from additional funding which is going toward supplemental academic programs due to their classification as a Title I school

The Ahwatukee Foothills high school became a Title I school during the 2011-12 school year after district administrators analyzed poverty data on the student body.

They began to use the additional funding, allocated to the Tempe Union High School District by the federal government through the No Child Left Behind Act, during the spring semester.

The district decides how much each Title I school receives, which can go toward a variety of assistance programs or to help pay for teachers to teach extra classes.

Mountain Pointe will receive full-year funding beginning next school year.

The school became eligible for Title I because it reached a certain threshold as defined by the number of students eligible for free or reduced price lunches.

As principal Bruce Kipper put it in an email, “With the economy the way it is this doesn’t surprise me. It doesn’t mean that Mountain Pointe has drastically changed or anything. What it really means is that the downturn, and slow recovery, of the economy is affecting our families and these dollars are going to allow us to address the needs of students that need assistance academically.”

Mountain Pointe is fifth on the list of Title I schools in TUHSD, and joins Compadre, McClintock, Marcos de Niza and Tempe High School.

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