All in for Virginia’s Kids
1 in 3 students in Virginia’s public schools live in poverty.
That means thousands of kids are carrying adult-sized burdens to school every day: unmet basic needs, homelessness, bullying, systemic racism, the emotional effects of trauma, untreated medical issues, language barriers, learning disabilities and more.
Our local communities have many resources to address these challenges, but students and families may have a hard time accessing and navigating the maze of public and private services, while balancing and keeping pace at school.
How We Help
We believe greatness exists in every child. Communities in Schools of Virginia is dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and activate their potential.
Working directly inside 96 schools in Virginia, our affiliates connect students to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed.
Community by community, school by school, child by child — we are all in this together.
Meeting Kids Where They Are
CIS-VA is made up of six independent organizations working in 77 schools and 13 school systems to help students. Each CIS school has a dedicated site coordinator working to provide a full spectrum of services to any student in need of support — enabling teachers to stay in the classroom and students to form a support system within the school environment.
Results Backed by Numbers
And those numbers are powerful. The Communities In Schools service model is evidence-based. Last year, the CIS-VA network served nearly 53,000 students. Of those students receiving the highest level of case management, and 96% of K-11 students advanced to the next grade and 95% of seniors graduated or received a GED.
We can’t stop now
Our goal is to serve 100,000 students by 2030. To achieve this goal, we will continue strengthening our existing CIS affiliates, strategically add affiliates where there is both need and sustainability, and we will initiate innovative programming aimed at addressing the needs of Virginia’s kids as early as preschool. But we can’t do it alone.
Locally, we track outcomes against rigorous total quality standards. Nationally, independent studies confirm that Communities In Schools offers a cost-effective, evidence-based model for dropout prevention.
- An economic impact study found that for every $1 invested in our successful model, $11.60 is returned to the community.
- A five-year evaluation showed that of all organizations working toward student achievement, only Communities In Schools is proven to decrease dropout rates AND boost on-time graduation rates.
- Child Trends, a national research organization, affirmed the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of integrated student supports programs like Communities In Schools in improving education outcomes.