High School Graduation Coaches
Graduation Coaches are based at the four area high schools and are there to give students the extra encouragement they need to stay in school and achieve in life. These programs follow the CIS Model for student services. At the high-school level, the services are offered one-on-one or in small groups during the regular school day. The enrollment process involves the parent/guardian as the most important support for students, and serves as a liaison between the school and home. Each student has an individualized student support plan with identified needs and goals, and the Graduation Coach is a partner with the student to help achieve their goals and ensure future success. Because the transition from middle school to high school can be challenging for youth, Graduation Coaches also work in partnership with the Student Support Coaches in the middle school programs to help eighth-grade youth make a successful transition to high school. Our Graduation Coaches work collaboratively with Career Coaches though Cleveland County Schools and Cleveland Community College to educate students and families on college and career readiness programs, including how to prepare for the ACT/SAT, financial literacy, budgeting, independent living, and ongoing support throughout the school year as needed. Graduation Coaches also provide resources to pregnant or parenting teens through referrals, home visits, advocacy, and group meetings. Communities In Schools partners with Cleveland County Schools to ensure that upon graduation every student is enrolled, enlisted, or employed.