Communities In Schools

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Year Founded:
Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Molly Shaw
Main Address:
601 E 5th St
Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28202

What We Do

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. As the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, Communities In Schools is helping build a stronger local community where every child is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential.

An affiliate of the national Communities In Schools network, CIS of Charlotte-Mecklenburg serves over 6,000 students annually in 43 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools that have students with some of the greatest needs but the fewest resources. Through school-based Site and Program Coordinators, CIS connects students and their families to the relationships and resources they need to be successful. The scope of CIS-Charlotte’s current programming includes school-based dropout prevention (grades PK-12); college access and career readiness; support for teen mothers balancing the challenges of childcare and high school graduation; and working with youthful offenders to continue their education.

Interesting Info

Students living in poverty are six times more likely to drop out of school. A student who drops out is eight times more likely to be incarcerated.
One in five children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg live in poverty. In 2001, there were 12 high poverty schools in CMS; today there are 77.
During the 2015-2016 school year, 99% of our students stayed in school, 96% were promoted to the next grade, and 457 seniors enrolled in CIS, graduated.

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