Our Impact

Communities In Schools leverages evidence, relationships and local resources to drive results

Communities In Schools is cost efficient with a proven model.  Our evidence-based approach, adapted to meet each community’s unique needs, and our singular focus on outcomes form the basis for our success.  Independent research has proven that CIS produces the strongest reduction in dropout of any existing fully scaled dropout prevention program. An economic impact study shows that for every dollar invested in CIS, $11.60 is returned to society through a combination of increased tax revenues and savings on social service costs.

When our students succeed, we succeed.  We measure our performance methodically, carefully evaluate all aspects of our programs, and use this knowledge to constantly improve.



Our Results during the 2020/21 school year,
among our case-managed students:


stayed in school


of eligible seniors graduated


were promoted


met or progressed towards their academic improvement goal


met or progressed towards their attendance goal


Met or progressed towards their behavior goal


participated in the CIS Afterschool Program (Mancelona & Kalkaska)

big impact. big results.

Communities In Schools is a learning organization committed to ongoing use of data and research to improve practice and drive positive outcomes for the schools and students it serves. To this end, CIS has invested in third-party evaluations to validate the CIS model and help build an evidence base for Integrated Student Supports. This third-party evaluation conducted by MDRC as part of the Social Innovation Fund found evidence of positive effects of Integrated Student Supports and case management for at-risk students and low performing schools. Additionally, MDRC provided recommendations that have been embraced by CIS to improve practice and upgrade its standards under the Total Quality System.

Our Research

Success Stories

An Opportunity to Achieve

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Ashlee: Defeating the Odds to Begin a College Career

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Riley: Sharing Her Talents Through Giving

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