Who We Serve

The majority of CIS students face seemingly insurmountable economic, language, and cultural barriers that can make learning extremely difficult. CIS youth are the students at greatest risk of dropping out of school.

  • 95% of CIS students receive some kind of public assistance
  • 67% of CIS students are Hispanic/Latino, 28% are African American, 1% is Asian, and 3% are Caucasian
  • 58% live in households with either one or both parents absent


As a Texas Education Agency (TEA) administered program, CIS reaches students who meet the criteria of the state’s at-risk indicators. CIS students are those who have:

  • failed two or more classes,
  • failed to advance to the next grade level,
  • received unsatisfactory scores on assessment tests,
  • have Limited English Proficiency,
  • are pregnant or parenting,
  • have foundation skills two or more years behind their grade, and
  • students who have previously dropped out of school.


Additionally, the legislature also identifies at-risk students as those on free/reduced lunch status, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients, and children suffering from family or emotional crises. In contrast to Houston’s startling graduation statistics, students receiving the full caseload of CIS services have a 98% stay-in-school rate.


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