The Need

Why Communities In Schools?

Each year's class of dropouts will cost the country over $200 billion in lost earnings and unrealized tax revenue during their lifetimes. Dropouts comprise nearly one-half of the heads of households on welfare and 80% of the prison population.

Too many young people are: struggling academically, feeling frustrated, succumbing to peer pressure, turning to drugs and alcohol, and dropping out of school.

Helping our children defy the odds and succeed is a community challenge- involving parents, neighbors, business leaders, counselors, mentors, tutors and volunteers.

Profile of CIS Nassau Case Managed Students
  • 67% of CIS Intensive Students are low income
  • 72% do not live with both natural parents or are living in single parent homes
  • 16% are two grades behind in school
  • 26% have been retained one grade in the past
  • 30% are currently experiencing some form of significant family disruption
  • 25% of our families experience high mobility

Bottom line, families and schools can't solve the complex and diverse issues facing today's youth alone.

Who We Are

Founded in 1977, Communities In Schools is a private nonprofit and the largest dropout prevention organization in the United States serving 1.3 million students and their families in more than 3,400 partner schools in 25 states. In 2010, ICF International, one of the nation's foremost evaluation firms, concluded that Communities In Schools was the only dropout prevention model in the country successful in both reducing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates.

Communities In Schools Nassau is a local CIS affiliate serving over 3,000 students in Nassau County in six schools.

What We Do

Communities In Schools Site Coordinators are based inside schools where teachers, counselors and parents can refer students to CIS for services. Site Coordinators connect students with resources, certified teachers, academic coaches, and volunteers that relieve obstacles to learning. By channeling community support directly to students at school sites, we support student success, ease the burden on schools, and free teachers to teach. CIS provides a comprehensive solution to the issues that place young people in jeopardy of dropping out.
Communities In Schools of Nassau County, Inc.
516 South 10th Street, Suite 205 :: Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Phone (904) 321-2000 :: Fax (904) 321-2531