No non-profit in Chicago matches the breadth and depth of our work promoting graduation.

During the 2019-20 school year:

  • Our Partnership Program successfully connected 996 services and programs to 59,254 Chicago public-school students, through partnership with 165 community partners.
  • CIS of Chicago Partnership Specialists provided programming in arts enrichment, behavioral and mental health, college and career readiness, and physical health and wellness at no cost to schools or students; School Specialists served 169 Chicago Public Schools.
  • Our Intensive Program embedded full-time, master’s level professionals, called Student Supports Managers, at 31 schools to provide intensive support to students most at risk of dropout or grade failure.
  • Student Supports Managers served a total of 1,317 targeted students in grades K-12. Together, they created a plan to develop the skills and access the resources these students need to reach their full potential.

Check out Annual Report 2019 for more information on our recent successes.


When we say that we prevent dropout, it’s with a great deal of confidence. A 2015 gold-standard evaluation of our work confirmed that Communities In Schools of Chicago positively impacts students’ course performance.

This two-year study, led by Professor David Figlio of Northwestern University, yielded evidence that our Partnership Program, which connects non-academic support programs and services to elementary schools, improves student achievement in math and reading. Research shows these are leading indicators for high school graduation.