Student Success, One Child at a Time
Ensuring student success is everyone's job: schools, parents, communities.
Communities In Schools is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization. In over 200 communities across 27 states, we work closely with schools, social services, businesses and volunteers to get young people the things they need to learn and grow: after-school help and family services to stabilize the home. Without these basic supports, kids in need or at-risk are far less likely to succeed and grow into productive adults.
Getting kids what they need - when they need it.
Since its inception in 1993, the mission of CISL has been “to promote readiness to learn and success in life for our children.” CISL is a 501(c)(3) organization whose vision is “to help kids prepare for life through a network of parents, volunteers, businesses, and community organizations working together and focused at school sites”. We keep Lakewood’s Promise by providing all five promises: caring adults, safe places to learn and grow, a healthy start, equipping young people with marketable skills, and offering opportunities to give back to the community.
With the help of 25 collaborative partners, our programs offer customized and free assistance to children and their families, empowering them to overcome barriers to success and become self-sufficient and productive. We believe that early intervention and prevention are the most effective ways to increase the number of students who stay in school and graduate…citizenship, college and career ready.
Proven, Evidence-based Strategy
Recent third-party findings confirm: Of the many organizations working to improve student outcomes, Communities In Schools, through coordination of services, is proven to be more effective, and results in higher graduation rates, and higher percentages of students reaching proficiency in math and reading.*
Download the policy brief and ICF Executive Summary.
* ICF International, April 2008. Communities In Schools National Evaluation School-Level Report. Vol. 2. Fairfax, VA: IFC International.