About Us

OUR STORY

Communities In Schools South Central Texas began over 29 years ago by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce to help students (grades K-12) achieve in schools, graduate, and be successful throughout their lives. For the majority of those years Chris Douglas has served as the CEO and has grown the organization tremendously. CIS remains the only campus-based nonprofit program for the most vulnerable students in the school districts we serve. Today our program has grown to 75 staff providing services to over 40,000 students across 59 schools in 7 school districts (New Braunfels, Marion, Comal, Nixon-Smiley, Luling, Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City, and Seguin) with over 4,000 students receiving intensive and ongoing services. Students receive targeted services such as supportive guidance/counseling, mental health intervention, health/human services (basic life needs such as shelter, food, and clothing), tutoring, and college preparation assistance. Every student who needs help receives help.

Professional site coordinators are in our schools all day everyday-where kids spend most of their time. Children would not receive critical services if it weren’t for CIS and the unwavering support of over 300 local businesses, social service agencies, churches and hundreds of volunteers. CIS works hand-in-hand with schools to help students and their families by connecting them to critical community resources, tailored to their specific needs. CIS has an unparalleled relationship with children and their families. In most cases, CIS staff is the front line in identifying health, behavioral and family crisis issues in a troubled child and then providing and/or seeking out the best services to address the needs. Many of the youth we serve are from families with issues of poverty, substance abuse, and poor mental health–a home environment that is not conducive to healthy living and a good moral compass. All CIS services and programs support the goal of providing safe and healthy environments for students both at school and at home for the good of our community.

Our unique model works because it’s based on national research, driven by community relationships and supported by our local resources. More importantly we know it works because we see it in the faces and hear it in the stories of thousands of students and alumni we’ve helped in the last 29 years.

Our Schools

Comal ISD

  • Bill Brown Elementary
  • Clear Spring Elementary
  • Freiheit Elementary
  • Goodwin Frazier Elementary
  • Kinder Ranch Elementary
  • Morningside Elementary
  • Mt. Valley Elementary
  • Oak Creek Elementary
  • Rebecca Creek Elementary
  • Specht Elementary
  • Startzville Elementary
  • Canyon Middle School
  • Danville Middle School

Luling ISD

  • Leonard Shanklin Elementary
  • Luling Gerdes Jr. High School
  • Luling High School

Marion ISD

  • Karrer Elementary
  • Krueger Elementary
  • Marion Middle School
  • Marion High School

New Braunfels ISD

  • Seele Elementary
  • Carl Schurz Elementary
  • Memorial Elementary
  • Walnut Springs Elementary
  • County Line Elementary
  • Lamar Elementary
  • Lone Star Early Childhood Center
  • Kline Road Elementary
  • Voss Farms Elementary
  • Veramendi Elementary
  • New Braunfels Middle School
  • Oak Run Middle School
  • 9th Grade Center
  • New Braunfels High School

Seguin ISD

  • Jefferson Elementary
  • Patlan Elementary
  • AJ Briesemeister Middle School
  • Jim Barnes Middle School
  • Seguin High School

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD

  • Cibolo Valley Elementary
  • John Sipple Elementary
  • Green Valley Elementary
  • Paschal Elementary
  • Rose Garden Elementary
  • Schertz Elementary
  • Watts Elementary
  • Wiederstein Elementary
  • Jordan Intermediate School
  • Wilder Intermediate School
  • Schlather Intermediate School
  • Corbett Junior High School
  • Dobie Junior High School
  • Allison L. Steele ELC/DAEP
  • Byron P. Steele High School
  • Samuel Clemens High School

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