Our Core Beliefs
Communities in Schools works to ensure that all children receive these five basics:
· A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
· A safe place to learn and grow
· A healthy start and future
· A marketable skill upon graduation
· A chance to give back to peers and the community
“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson
Our Program Facts
•Achieved National Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with all Communities In Schools Total Quality System (TQS) standards.
•Every year 1.2 million students drop out of school. What that means is every nine seconds, a student in America loses his or her path to a better future. By empowering students to achieve in school and life, we are building a stronger America, where every person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential.
•CIS South Central Texas is one of nearly 200 local affiliates of the national organization, Communities in Schools, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, which serves nearly 1.26 million young people and their families every year.
•Started by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, the South Central Texas program first began by serving 300 at-risk students in the 1993-1994 school year; with more than a twenty year history of success, this year CIS South Central will provides services to more than 25,000 students and will case manage more than 3,100 students with ongoing, intensive support in both individual and group settings, as well as providing services to families in their homes.
•CIS serves 29 schools in 4 school districts across Comal and Guadalupe Counties.
•With campus-based staff members working hand-in-hand with administrators and teachers, CIS is the only program of its kind in the counties served. We are the only comprehensive dropout-prevention program that addresses academic, physical, and emotional needs of at-risk students on a year-round basis, and we are the only program that is equipped to provide continual service from pre-K to high school graduation and beyond.
•CIS works in partnership not only with schools, but with more than 280 businesses, organizations, and groups to provide a myriad of needed services to at-risk students.
•Although state legislative funds provide a significant part of program resources, CIS depends largely on contracts with school districts, on the generous donations of our partners, and on our fundraising efforts.
Our Program Scope (2015 – 2016 School Year)
•CIS served more than 3,100 case managed students, those who receive comprehensive services.
•More than 25,000 students received two or more CIS services.
•16,862 hours of volunteer service were provided by 1,369 volunteers.
•Over 250 students from five different high schools participated in Project Success
•Over 100 CIS alumni were served by Project Success
Performance Outcomes, 2014-2015 School Year
•99% of CIS-served students in grades 7-12 stayed in school.
•96% of CIS-served students were promoted to the next grade.
•90% of CIS-served students who presented behavior problems demonstrated some improvement.
•71% of CIS-served students who presented attendance problems demonstrated some improvement.
•87% of CIS-served students who presented academic problems demonstrated some improvement.
•100% of CIS-served students who were eligible to graduate received a high school diploma or a GED.