Arlington, VA – September 19, 2016 - Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization, today announced that 10 of its affiliates will be designated as Growth & Impact Communities, allowing them to receive strategic investments from the national office for research, practice and growth.
Three Impact Communities, CIS of Charleston, CIS of San Antonio and CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, were selected for being models of excellence in how they serve the needs of student who may be at greater risk for dropping out. They will be used as research centers to help pilot new initiatives and conduct studies showing how their effective use of Integrated Student Supports (wraparound services) helps students stay in school and graduate.
Seven CIS affiliates were selected to be Growth Communities and will receive strategic investments and technical assistance from the national office to expand to as many as 10 more schools throughout their communities. They include:
“These communities will be central to increasing our reach to more low-income children in need in our country. They will also help us advance those research-based practices and operational standards that ensure we are serving those children with the highest level of quality,” said Gary Chapman, executive vice president of Communities In Schools.
Working directly in more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. For the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.