The CIS Model

CIS Model Diagram

CIS Model Diagram Description

The Dropout Problem

Troubled students and their families often have a hard time accessing and navigating through the maze of public and private services. Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools brings local resources inside the public school setting, where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable.

The Site Coordinator

The Site Coordinator fills a pivotal role as the single point of contact working inside the school building to provide integrated student services. Site coordinators connect students and families with community partners and resources that address both academic and nonacademic needs.

A Collaborative Effort

The Site Coordinator works with the school staff and identifies students at risk of dropping out. He or she assesses the school and student needs and establishes relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers.

Integrated Services

The Site Coordinator works with volunteers, partners and the local community to provide students with the resources they need to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Communities In Schools is cost-effective – for less than $200 annually per student, we are able to provide a comprehensive range of community services.

Integrated Services, Continued

→ Basic Needs: The site coordinator see to it that students have the most basic things that everyone needs to survive, including clothes, access to health and dental care, and a safe place to live. Some resources are made available to the entire school.
→ Academic Assistance: Students receive the opportunity to work with tutors and study groups to achieve academic success.
→ Family Engagement: Communities In Schools understands that problems at home can create problems for students in the classroom. Site coordinators connect families with counselors and social workers to make sure that home is a healthy, nurturing environment where a student can feel safe.
→ Service Learning: Through numerous service-learning opportunities, students are encouraged to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
→ College and Career Prep: Site coordinators help students obtain scholarship information and apply to college, take students on campus tours and conduct mock interviews. They also help students find an enjoyable, sustainable career path to pursue through internships, job shadowing opportunities and leadership training courses.

Proven Success

Each year our affiliates serving students report outcomes, as well as monitor and adjust services. Communities In Schools is an evidence-based organization; we effectively deliver the human, financial, and community resources to help children succeed in school and achieve in life.