Overview

Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region, Inc. (CISDR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded locally in 1985. The CIS intervention is an evidence-based best practice of the community school model, with trained staff embedded on campuses to provide daily intervention to high-need students and families. The focus is on the lack of basic needs and/or social emotional deficiencies that hinder their ability to perform in school. Once addressed, alongside behavioral issues via counseling and guidance, CISDR is able to re-direct these K–12 children towards improved attendance and academic outcomes in a coordinated, caring and cost-effective way.

In partnership with ten area school districts, CISDR is housed on a total of 85 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

CISDR 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 prove the “at-risk” list wrong. The daily provision and coordination of these supports are provided by degreed CISDR Site Coordinators. With backgrounds in psychology, social work, counseling, education, etc, these individuals connect the dots — matching need to local resource, in addition to rolling up their sleeves to join the campus staff and faculty in their mission.

CISDR believes that regardless of a child’s background or demographics, our children are brilliant, beautiful and deserving of more success than they can possibly imagine!

Why We Do It

Of the students CISDR worked with last year:

76% are living in poverty
46% have limited English proficiency
39% are reading below grade level
30% failed statewide benchmark tests
18% failed core level course the previous year
45 students are in gifted and talented courses
48 have an incarcerated parent
111 are teen parents or pregnant
204 have a history of alternative education placement
380 are homeless
447 are experiencing severe family crises
535 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
  • Supportive Guidance: socialization, character building
  • Enrichment: clubs, volunteerism
See Our Results