Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. (CIS-Charlotte) is an affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS places professional staff inside schools to build relationships with students and families, helping them to navigate issues and overcome barriers in the classroom, at home and in the community. By partnering with other agencies, volunteers, businesses, faith and community groups, CIS is able to provide a wide range of services and opportunities for students and families. CIS-Charlotte operates locally in 56 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), providing targeted case-management services to 5,000+ students annually; another 30,000+ students are connected to resources and receive broad, school-wide services through CIS. Close to 90% of the 5,000+ students we serve are Black or Hispanic/Latinx, from low-income backgrounds and have a history of marginalization. CIS believes that race, socioeconomic status or the neighborhood in which one lives should not predicate student outcomes. We work to ensure that every child, regardless of ZIP code, has the same opportunities to realize their full potential and achieve in school and beyond.
- Last year through CIS, 5,300+ students received targeted case-management services in 55 CMS high poverty/Title 1 schools
- 99% of CIS student stayed in school, 97% were promoted to the next grade , and 84% achieved or made progress towards their identified goals
- 383 (99%) of CIS Seniors graduated from high school