Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has served at-risk students in the Houston area since 1979. CIS surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS works directly in 92 schools in the Aldine, Alief, Houston, and Spring Branch school districts, as well as in several charter schools and non-traditional sites.
During the 2011/2012 school year:
- 254,5843 hours of services provided
- 29,262 at-risk students and their families served
- 4,456 students who received intensive services through case management
- 98% of case managed students stayed in school
- 94% of eligible seniors graduated
In addition, CIS performed a total of 761 home visits, assisted with 1,776 crisis interventions and made 12,369 agency referrals.
CIS staff continues to wisely utilize and leverage community resources and enjoys the commitment of almost 300 partner agencies. Additionally, 1,823 volunteers provided 68,475 hours of service to CIS students worth 1.4 million dollars.
Through school-based coordination, Communities In Schools of Houston connects students and their families to critical community resources tailored to local needs. By providing students with a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and a healthy future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation, and a chance to give back to peers and the community, CIS has become the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.