Experienced Communities In Schools® staff work exclusively in schools, and alongside partners, to deliver Integrated Student Supports through an existing or new affiliate structure.
Integration is Indispensable
Many of today’s students face challenges outside of the classroom—poverty, anxiety, trauma—that can make it more difficult for them to succeed inside the classroom. At Communities In Schools®, we see the potential in every student, and we’re committed to helping them see it too.
Through our model of Integrated Student Supports, we partner with state education agencies, school districts, and community-based organizations to coordinate the services and resources needed to ensure that all students—particularly those at-risk of dropping out—can thrive in and beyond the classroom. With more than 40 years of working in and alongside schools, integration is the key to success.
Flexible Options to Fit Your Needs
RampUp for Student Success is professional development powered by Communities In Schools. We give you the tools to introduce or amplify components of Integrated Student Supports.
Licensed partners receive training and technical assistance so their staff can implement and deliver Integrated Student Supports across multiple schools within a district or state.
“Communities in Schools represents a quality partner…committed to our overarching goal which is to ensure student success.”
Dr. Shelton Jefferies, Superintendent.
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, North Carolina
The Power of Partnership
With experience working in more than 2300 rural, suburban and urban school systems across America, we know that effective partnerships can change students’ lives and entire communities for the better. In the schools and communities where we work, 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school, 96 percent of seniors graduated, and 95 percent of K-11 students were promoted to the next grade.
Don’t just take our word for it. Explore the stories and experiences of some of the school and district partners who know us best.
The Power of Partnership
Our commitment to the students we serve keeps us focused on results. In thousands of schools across the country, we know that our approach works because it’s backed by 40-plus years of experience and rigorous research.
In partnership with Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Dr. Price has pioneered innovative programs that are making a dramatic difference in the lives of students in Baldwin County.
Six district administrators share their experiences with Communities In Schools® and how the partnership helped to meet the needs of their students, schools, districts and communities.
Why Integrated Student Supports?
Increasingly, education systems at all levels are being challenged to address the academic and non-academic needs of students. And, for communities facing increasing rates of poverty, food insecurity, housing instability, and other economic hardships, the goal of providing equitable learning opportunities for students can be elusive.
We believe that school systems shouldn’t have to face this challenge alone. That’s why our model of Integrated Student Supports assesses the needs of the whole student–physical, psychological, and social–while considering the needs of the whole school environment as well.
Elements of the CIS Model
The Needs Assessment helps identify the academic and nonacademic needs of the students and the school— prioritizing what’s missing or in need of enhancement.
The school support team develops a plan to address identified needs through school-wide services, targeted group programs and individualized supports.
Dedicated site coordinators work with volunteers, partners and the local community to implement the plan and coordinate the delivery of resources.
Individual and collective goal-setting, collaboration with teachers, and continuous monitoring ensures the supports are working.
Student and school-wide outcome data are collected and evaluated to assess the effectiveness and fidelity of the model.
Among the 2300 school partners in the Communities In Schools network, data shows we help 99 percent of case-managed students stay engaged in school.
Explore Student Outcomes & Evaluation Findings
We measure our success by the results we are able to achieve for the young people we serve. We carefully evaluate all aspects of our programs, and use that information to constantly improve. Explore our national end of year results and data collected from our approved sources.