Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago is among seven CIS affiliates selected for growth by the national office of the dropout prevention organization.
During the next three years, CIS of Chicago will receive strategic investments and technical assistance from our national office to expand to as many as 10 additional Chicago public schools with full-time CIS staff embedded in the school.
CIS of Chicago leaders Jane Mentzinger, Celia Lozano and Bartholomew St. John traveled to Washington D.C. and Alexandria, Va., recently to participate in meetings with their cohort of affiliates targeted for growth by the national office. During their time there, they also met with representatives from the congressional offices of U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to discuss the work of CIS and the support it merits from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Communities In Schools uses a nationally-recognized model of services known as Integrated Students Supports. Our unique model positions Student Support Managers inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. Whether it’s counseling, health care, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools does what it takes to allow students to focus in the classroom so they can succeed.
Currently, CIS of Chicago serves nearly 60,000 K-12 students in 135 Chicago Public Schools, including seven schools with full-time CIS of Chicago staff. CIS also partners with more than 170 community organizations that provide programs and services to our network schools.
“It’s critical to reach more at-risk students in our country with a model of services that’s proven to work,” said Gary Chapman, executive vice president of Communities In Schools. “Based on our careful review of CIS of Chicago’s capacity and plans for growth, we believe they are poised to reach more students quickly and with quality.”
“Each day our Student Support Managers meet the needs of hundreds of young people who sometimes just need a caring adult in their lives” said Jane Mentzinger, Executive Director. “For every child we equip to succeed in the classroom, we know there are many more in need.”
CIS of Chicago reported that in the last full school year,
- 100% of high school seniors who received targeted and sustained services graduated.
- 99% of students in grades K-11 who received targeted and sustained services stayed in school.
- 97% of students in grades K-11 who received targeted and sustained services were promoted to the next grade.
- 62% of the students who received targeted and sustained services met their attendance goals, 77% met their academic performance goals and 85% met their behavioral goals.
Communities In Schools of Chicago is part of the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, empowering students to succeed in school and achieve in life. Operating in more than 2,300 schools in the most challenged communities of 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves 1.5 million young people and their families each year. Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to student’s specific needs. Learn more about Communities In Schools of Chicago at www.cisofchicago.org