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Initiative Name: Communities In Schools
Leadership Type: National Model
Location Type: Suburban
Address: 2345 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202 US
Phone: 800-247-4543


Communities In Schools, Inc. (CIS) is a nationwide network of passionate professionals working in public schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities In Schools is comprised of 200 local and state affiliates operating in 28 states and the District of Columbia who serve 1.25 million students and their families in 2,400 schools. Their holistic approach addresses both the academic and nonacademic needs of the student through an integrated student services model. This model positions caring, full-time site coordinators inside public schools to work with school staff to better identify students in need, and then provides those resources through community partnerships. CIS is actively engaged with policy makers, school staff, parents and business partners to ensure that Communities In Schools’ services are extended to as many K-12 students as possible and that those students have access to college. Independent research demonstrates that Communities In Schools is one of a very few organizations proven to keep students in school and the only one to document that it increases graduation rates. The evidence-based model of CIS has allowed them to secure additional public and private dollars. CIS national has invested $20 million back into state and local programs within the CIS network in the last three years. Communities In Schools, Inc. (CIS) is a national organization, with more than 181 local CIS initiatives, that provides a flexible approach/process for states and localities interested in building school-community partnerships. CIS offers information, training, technical support and linkages to a national network of local, independent CIS sites and affiliates across the country. CIS encourages innovation and the sharing of best practices and awards, special grants and nationally leveraged resources to members of its network. Supported by both public and private dollars, CIS awarded more than $3.3 million to state and local programs participating in time-limited national initiatives in 1996. Grants were targeted at seeding local sites, developing programmatic initiatives and building self-sufficiency at CIS initiatives. The shared mission is to bring services into schools; connect young people to caring adults; and see to it that young people stay in school, develop skills and contribute to their communities. Sixteen state CIS organizations also operate to replicate the CIS stay-in-school approach and secure state support for local programs. CIS partnerships, operating in more than 1,500 school sites, serve more than 350,000 children and their families.

Services/Programs Offered

CIS initiatives cover a broad spectrum of needs with innovative programs designed to engage and support students at various stages of their education. Examples of these programs include:

Charting for Success

The Charting for Success curriculum guides students through developing a plan of action to continue their education beyond high school. Charting for Success modules address key steps for college and career success.

Performance Learning Centers

Performance Learning Centers® (PLCs) are Communities In Schools' network of small, nontraditional high schools. Using a self-paced curriculum, PLCs are academically rigorous and college preparatory, targeting young people who have not succeeded in a traditional learning environment.

Diplomas Now
Diplomas Now is a groundbreaking school turnaround model designed for the most challenged middle and high schools. Developed by Communities In Schools, Talent Development at John Hopkins University and City Year, Diplomas Now combines research and evidence-based whole-school reform with an early warning system and multiple tiers of student support. 


·         American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen
·         Americas Promise Alliance
·         Corporation for National and Community Service
·         United Negro College Fund 


During the 2010-11 school year, their evidence-based, cost-effective model and commitment to quality resulted in improved results for students. Of 157,000 case-managed students, 97% remained in school, 88% of eligible seniors graduated 84% were promoted to the next grade, and 81% enrolled in some form of post-secondary education. Two-thirds of teachers surveyed believe Communities In Schools help them better serve their students. 

Funding Sources

·         AT&T
·         Altria
·         Bank of America Charitable Foundation
·         Capital One
·         Costco
·         MetLife Foundation
·         Procter & Gamble
·         Robertson Foundation 

Resources for the Field

Initiative Demographics

39% Hispanic
32% Black
19% White
1% Asian
7% Unknown
1% Multiracial
1% Native America
87 percent of the students CIS serve receiving intensive services are also eligible for free or reduced-price lunch 
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