Because we believe in the power of relationships, CIS provides on-campus integrated student supports that empower students to succeed in school and achieve in life.
CIS empowers students to stay in school, graduate and have a plan for their future!
During the 2015/2016 school year, CIS caseload students were very successful:
- 98% in grades 7 through 12 stayed in school;
- 95% of eligible seniors graduated;
- 96% showed marked improvement in academics, attendance, and/or behavior; and
- 93% were promoted to the next grade level.
Why is CIS needed?
The dropout rate is an epidemic that affects the entire community. “Dropouts are less likely to be employed, earn less when they are employed, pay less in taxes, receive more in direct welfare payments, and are more likely to be incarcerated” ~ early intervention is essential to effective prevention strategies, which must be implemented at the first indication of a student being at risk of dropping out (The Bush School of Government and Public Service, 2009). Preparing Houston’s children for the future is imperative to the economy’s success and growth. CIS targets areas of the city with predominately low-income and minority populations to empower at-risk children to graduate from high school and succeed in life.
The CIS Dropout Prevention Program
Last year, CIS touched the lives of 111,285 students on 121 school campuses in five independent school districts: Aldine, Alief, Ft. Bend, Houston, and Spring Branch, two charters, and four Community College campuses. CIS implements a Dropout Prevention Case Management model designed to help at-risk students overcome the many academic, emotional, and social obstacles that hinder their success in school.
CIS coordinates a personalized response to meet the needs of at-risk children on the school campus. CIS provides direct services through supportive guidance, counseling, academic support, parental involvement, and special college and career activities, designed to expand a child’s cultural awareness and vision for their future. Often times, access to community aid and resources is fragmented, impersonal, and hard to access. Families in need of assistance frequently struggle to identify agencies that can help, find transportation and time to access services. CIS resolves this problem by bringing services to the family through their children when they are most accessible—during the school day. CIS partners with over 400 community agencies, bringing them onto the school campus to match needs with resources.
The Five Basics
CIS believes that every child needs the Five Basics to achieve success: 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; and a chance to give back to the community.
By meeting students’ critical needs, CIS has become the nation’s leading dropout prevention agency and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.