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Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area, Inc. (CIS) is a nationally accredited nonprofit dropout prevention/stay-in-school program celebrating 21 years of service to the children of Charleston and Berkeley Counties. CIS currently serves nearly 6,400 at-risk students and their families in 17 public schools. The plight of students without a high school education is often tragic, leading to poverty, poor health, unplanned pregnancies, dependency on social services, or incarceration in the criminal justice system. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS is affiliated with CIS National, which has nearly 200 branches nationwide. A recent 5-year, independent study reports that the CIS Model is the most effective dropout prevention program in America.

The purpose of CIS is to work within the schools to provide student programs and services that improve lives and reduce the high school dropout rate. Recognizing that a student's ability to succeed academically often depends on factors outside of the classroom, CIS supports not only the child but his or her family with community services as needed. Food, shelter, clothing, and counseling are frequent requests.

Dropout PreventionNationally, about 7,000 students decide to drop out each day, which equates to nearly 1.2 million students a year, losing $319 billion in potential earnings. Unfortunately, Charleston and Berkeley communities face similar challenges: less than half of area 9th graders will graduate on time or if at all.

CIS provides community support to nearly 6,400 students (K-12). About 10% of the students, who schools administrators have identified as having the highest risk of dropping out of school, receive CIS direct case-managed services. The results below are based on the 582 students who received CIS direct case-managed services in the 2009-2010 school year. This year's 2010-2011 school results will be tabulated and published in August.

• 91% maintained passing grades and were promoted to the next grade level

• 84% improved grades in at least one major subject area

• 74% improved/maintained adequate attendance rates

• 100% of students old enough to drop out chose to remain in school

• 95% eligible seniors graduated from high school

 

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