Communities In Schools of Seattle is a part of the nation’s leading dropout prevention program, connecting kids to caring adults and critical community resources that help break down barriers to graduation. We partner with schools to assess needs, develop a plan and build a system of integrated student supports to ensure that all students – regardless of race, gender, zip code, or socioeconomic background – have what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond.

Comprehensive Services in Schools

Communities In Schools of Seattle hires and trains Site Coordinators to work directly inside school buildings with students, families and school staff. In partnership with school leaders, Site Coordinators complete an annual needs assessment and develop a responsive support plan that addresses individual student and school-wide needs. Throughout the school year, Site Coordinators work closely with a caseload of students who are facing the biggest barriers to graduation to improve their attendance, behavior and coursework, as well as coordinate services geared toward the entire school. Site Coordinators regularly monitor and evaluate progress, adjusting services as needed to ensure that students and schools are continuously connected to the right supports.

Proven Effective

Site Coordinator and Student

For every $1 invested in CIS, $11.60 comes back to the community

  • 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. Read the EMSI study here (PDF)
  • 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. Read the CIS evaluation here (PDF)
  • 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. Read the Child Trends report here (PDF)