Schools are classified as “Title I” when more than 60% of the students are eligible for the free or reduced price federal lunch program. To qualify for the free or reduced price lunch, parents report total family income on a form that is provided by the school (Form Number SD1041, Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals). A household’s eligibility is based on income eligibility guidelines issued annually by the federal government. The income guidelines are based on a national poverty index.
Chess-in-the-Schools works with schools where at least 60% of the students qualify for the federal free or reduced price lunch program.