Equity For Every Student

As a social justice organization, our purpose is to provide resources and supports for historically marginalized students to address inequalities prevalent in our educational system.

Children and youth deserve a caring community that empowers them to achieve their goals in the classroom and beyond. In order to do so, racism and other inequalities in our educational system and society must be acknowledged and addressed. The Communities In Schools of Washington network exists to build on student strengths and overcome systemic barriers through advocacy, partnerships and individualized socio-emotional supports.

Comprehensive Services In Schools

What sets Communities In Schools apart is our holistic youth development approach to addressing the unique needs of students to ensure they have equal opportunities to reach their full potential. Our social service professional team delivers our evidenced-based model of Integrated Student Support as a student-centered approach, is firmly grounded in the research on child and youth development and is designed to promote educational, social and emotional development of students and position them to succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

Striving for equity in educational opportunities.

Proven Effective Model

middle school students in front of a locker. quote "for every dollar invested in CIS, there is $11.60 return on investment.
  • 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)