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School-Based Dropout Prevention

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Many children face challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Through a school-based coordinator, Communities In Schools provides a caring adult relationship to support children throughout the school year and strategically aligns and delivers needed resources so that CIS students can focus on learning.

For a detailed description of services provided at each school level, please view the tabs below.

Elementary School Students

At each elementary school site we serve, the CIS “safety net” includes, but is not limited to

  • Providing case management and dropout prevention for students
  • Working with school staff to monitor students' attendance/promotion/academic progress
  • Participating in School Intervention Team meetings aimed at assessing students' needs
  • Participating with and serving as a resource for CMS/Juvenile Court-led Truancy Court
  • Identifying special needs and referring child/parents to outside agencies as appropriate for basic needs
  • Coordinating recognition programs for all enrolled students around academics, attendance and behavior
  • Coordinating and working with community partners to offer enrichment and resource opportunities
  • Developing relationships with varied human service agencies to enable coordinated delivery of services to students to address identified issues
  • Partnering with existing school volunteer coordinator to create additional volunteer roles and opportunities
  • Coordinating annual college and/or career awareness focus
  • Coordinating and/or supporting incentive and recognition programs
  • Offering opportunity for enrolled students to be involved in community service projects

Elementary School Sites, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools served by CIS

Middle School Students

At each middle school site we serve, the CIS “safety net” includes, but is not limited to:

  • Providing comprehensive case management and dropout prevention for 100 students
  • Working with school staff to monitor students' attendance/promotion/academic progress
  • Coordinating the CIS Kids To College® program designed to bring early awareness to the importance of higher education
  • Coordinating with local colleges to expose 6th grade students to college life through a unique six-session curriculum that combines hands-on activities with information on careers, and college life
  • Organizing and providing opportunities for 7th and 8th grade students to participate in college tours throughout the school year
  • Utilizing the CIS Kids To High School Program that introduces CIS enrolled 8th graders to high school life and academic requirements throughout the school year
  • Informing students of the career path choices available to them upon entering high school
  • Participating in Career Shadowing and Service Learning opportunities
  • Planning and organizing Student Leadership meetings that focus on developing and enhancing leadership skills

Middle School Sites, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools served by CIS

High School Students

At each high school site we serve, the CIS “safety net” includes, but is not limited to:

  • Providing comprehensive case management and dropout prevention for 100 students
  • Working with school staff to monitor students' behavior/attendance/promotion/academic progress
  • Consulting with school guidance counselor to ensure new high school students are enrolled in appropriate courses to achieve career plan and support for other needs
  • Organizing staffings aimed at assessing needs, setting goals and strategizing around interventions for high school students
  • Coordinating volunteers and monitor mentors
  • Connecting families to community resources for basic needs and services
  • Planning and presenting Life Skills Workshops for students and parents
  • Providing ThinkCOLLEGE® and other scholarship opportunities for eligible students
  • Organizing Job and Career Shadowing for CIS students
  • Providing opportunities for CIS students to participate in the CPCC Summer Bridge Program and the Summer Youth employment with City and County
  • Providing college access and career readiness programming, which exposes students (and parents where applicable) to college tours, financial aid and scholarship information, SAT/ACT entrance exam preparation, the college application process, job shadowing and internship opportunities, career fairs, and much more
  • Coordinating with CIS’s Safe Journey/APP team to provide appropriate teen parenting services and other educational services/needs, if applicable
  • Providing opportunities for social development, cultural enrichment, experiential learning, and community service/service learning

High School Sites, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools served by CIS

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