Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization because we do whatever it takes to keep kids in school and on the path to graduation. CIS is a school-based K-12 program that partners with educators, students, and parents to identify needs of students who are in need of assistance and at-risk of dropping out of school. Our unique model positions Site Coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to meet both student and family needs. We partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it’s food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help. This in turn, allows the student to focus on learning, achieve in school, and graduate, thereby improving their chances for success in life. In the 2015-16 school year alone, CIS provided services to over 5,500 students!
Our target population is made up of students who meet one or more of the following criteria:
1) At-risk of academic failure (based on Texas Education Agency criteria)
2) Economically disadvantaged, or
3) Currently in a crisis situation
CIS utilizes Six Components which delivers services in the following critical areas:
• Academic support (including tutoring and extended learning time)
• College and career readiness (including preparation and transition)
• Enrichment activities (including mentoring)
• Health and human services (including mental health and basic needs)
• Parent and family involvement (including home visits and consultation)
• Supportive guidance and counseling (including individual and group)
Through a combination of case management and social service support, CIS works to remove obstacles like hunger and homelessness so children can focus on school, setting them on a path to graduation and success in life.