Overview

Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded locally in 1985. The Communities In Schools intervention is a series of evidence-based best practices within the community school model, placing trained staff on campuses to provide daily intervention to high-need students and families. The four main components of service delivery include academics, behavior/mental health, social services, and attendance. Once these barriers to success are addressed, Communities In Schools is able to re-direct these K–12 children towards improved outcomes in a coordinated, caring, and individualized way.

In partnership with sixteen area school districts, Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region is housed on a total of 148 Elementary, Middle and High School campuses to address the issues that place a child on the Texas Education Agency’s statewide “at-risk” list. These indicators measure a student’s potential academic success based on a series of key points in the child’s history (failed standardized test, failed core subjects, limited English proficiency, etc). Many of these markers are beyond the students’ control (foster care, family crisis, etc), but based on TEA metrics, it places them at a higher risk of dropping out of school, retention, and failure to complete high school in four years.

Our Core Values

We believe that every child needs and deserves:

A one-to-one relationship with a caring adult

A safe place to learn and grow

A healthy start in life

The support needed to become college ready

A chance to give back to peers and community

Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region is challenged with the task of addressing the needs of these children and work to improve their grades, test scores, behavioral issues, attendance, resolve basic needs, conduct home visits, and a myriad of other services to eliminate barriers to success. The daily provision and coordination of these supports are provided by CIS Site Coordinators. With backgrounds including psychology, social work, counseling, education, these individuals connect the dots — matching needs to local resources, in addition to rolling up their sleeves to join the campus staff and faculty in their mission.

We believe that every child deserves the best start in life, regardless of socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, family structure, or academic history.

Why We Do It

Of the students we worked with in 2020-2021:

76% are living in poverty
36% have limited English proficiency
9% are reading below grade level (Pre-K-3rd Grade) 
23% failed statewide benchmark tests
14% failed core level course the previous year
117 have an incarcerated parent
22 are teen parents or pregnant
101 have a history of alternative education placement
261 are homeless
731 are experiencing severe family crises
283 students were held back at least one grade level

How We Do It

In partnership with local school districts, we provide daily school based interventions to students in grades K–12 to address academic failure, truancy, behavioral issues, social service needs and more.

  • Academic Support: tutoring
  • Parenting Education: home visits
  • College & Career Coaching
  • Health & Human Services: basic needs and mental health
  • Supportive Guidance: socialization, character building
  • Enrichment: clubs, volunteerism
See Our Results