Communities In Schools of Washington has launched a new affiliate, Communities In Schools of North Central Washington!
In the Fall of 2017, Communities In Schools of Washington began supporting the delivery of local CIS services in three schools in the Eastmont School District-Clovis Point Intermediate School, Lee Elementary School, and Sterling K-7 School.
Building upon existing regional coalition efforts, CIS school based Site Coordinators provide a missing link for students to receive individualized support and access to community services and resources to address non-academic barriers to school success. Discussions are currently underway to expand CIS services into other schools and other districts while developing the capacity to support these efforts locally.
The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
Many of the young people we serve are facing challenges both inside and outside the classroom. What sets Communities In Schools apart is the way we coordinate a comprehensive range of services to support all the needs of these students—academic and non-academic—so they come to school ready to learn.
Every child has tremendous potential. We help students unlock their abilities and talents, giving them a brighter future.
The model we use to provide these services places a Communities In Schools Site Coordinator in a school to assess needs, make a plan, and coordinate intensive interventions for the kids most at risk for dropping out, along with services geared to the entire school. The Site Coordinator works with local community service partners such as social service agencies, businesses, health care providers and volunteers to connect students with needed resources.
Locally, we track outcomes against rigorous total quality standards. Nationally, independent studies confirm that Communities In Schools offers a cost-effective, evidence-based model for dropout prevention.
- An economic impact study found that for every $1 invested in Communities In Schools, $11.60 comes back to the community.
- A five-year evaluation showed that of all organizations working toward student achievement, only Communities In Schools is proven to decrease dropout rates AND boost on-time graduation rates.
- Child Trends, a national research organization, affirmed the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of integrated student supports programs like Communities In Schools in improving education outcomes.