312 W. Marion Street
Shelby, North Carolina 28150

Phone: 704-480-5569


About Us – Changing the Education Landscape in Cleveland County

Communities In Schools (CIS) of Cleveland County is transforming education for students. We combine the power of caring mentors with proven programs to address student needs and remove barriers to success. Our data-driven approach, focused on the ABC+P framework (Attendance, Behavior, Coursework, and Parent/Family Engagement), empowers students to graduate and achieve their full potential.

A Rich History of Supporting Students

Founded in 1991, CIS has a long history of serving Cleveland County students. The Cleveland Challenge, a group dedicated to educational excellence, brought the CIS model to the county. Today, we serve students at six schools, including all four traditional high schools and both middle schools.

The ABC+P Framework for Success

Our ABC+P framework addresses key areas that significantly impact student success. We work collaboratively with Cleveland County Schools to identify students needing support in attendance, behavior, coursework, or parental engagement. We offer individualized support, mentoring, enrichment opportunities, and more to help students thrive.

How CIS Makes a Difference

  • Focus on Student Success: We leverage the ABC+P framework, informed by Johns Hopkins research, to address critical factors in student achievement.
  • Early Intervention & Personalized Support: We proactively identify challenges and intervene early. We believe in the power of one-on-one mentoring and evidence-based practices to promote positive behavior changes and academic success.
  • Family Engagement Matters: We actively connect families with resources and foster a collaborative environment for student achievement.
  • Partnership with Cleveland County Schools: Together with the school district, our goal is to ensure every student graduates prepared for college, a career, or military service.

Join us in making a difference in the lives of Cleveland County students!

Our Impact – 2022-2023 Results

  • Six schools were served (two middle schools and four high schools)
  • 451 students received targeted/intensive supports
  • 77% of students met or made progress toward their behavioral goals
  • 81% of students in grades k-11 were promoted to the next grade level
  • 94% of seniors graduated

See more on how Communities in Schools is impacting Cleveland County students.