What We Do
Communities In Schools is changing the picture of education for students in Cleveland County. We combine the art of one-on-one relationships with the science of proven, evidence-based programs, and mobilize community resources and proven programs to achieve results and remove barriers that keep students from succeeding in school and life.
Communities In Schools offers three tiers of supports. The objective is to increase student success for high to moderate need students by delivering and coordinating integrated student supports that address Attendance, Behavior, Coursework, and Parent/Family Engagement also referred to as the ABC+P framework. This framework is based on research conducted by experts at John Hopkins University and reflects the best predictors of student success.
Through the ABC+P framework students benefit as follows: 1) We intervene early to find out why students are missing school (ATTENDANCE), 2) We believe that one-on-one relationships and interventions that are proven effective are among ways to encourage positive (BEHAVIOR), 3) We seek to discover the reasons for below average (COURSEWORK) by working with students to remove barriers to classroom success, and 4) We work with EVERYONE to change the picture of education for our students. (PARENT/FAMILY ENGAGEMENT) is crucial to overall student success.
Programs for all students in the school are (Tier I supports), supports for small groups of students with common needs are (Tier II supports), and individual supports for high need students/targeted intensive services are (Tier III supports).
The CIS Model has been proven through a national study to be highly effective and is unique in both reducing the dropout rate and increasing the on-time graduation rate. Most simply stated, we increase the graduation rate, reduce the dropout rate and increase attendance for schools in need. We partner with Cleveland County Schools to help the schools that we serve to meet the goals of their School Improvement Plan.