Calculating Identified Student Percentage Using Early Childhood Program and Alternative Agreement School Data

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a school meal funding option that allows eligible schools to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. Schools with an Identified Student Percentage (ISP) greater than or equal to 25% are eligible to participate in CEP. A district’s reimbursement is determined by a school’s ISP; the greater the ISP, the more likely a school is eligible for CEP, and the greater the reimbursement to the school district.

Early childhood programs and alternative agreement schools may contribute to their associated school’s ISP and therefore help boost the total ISP increasing the possibility of CEP eligibility and financial feasibility. 

Use this resource to learn how to determine if these special programs can count to your school's ISP.