End of Year Results for 2019-2020

The 2019-20 school year was quite a year! CISDR began the year with the additional support and confidence of the Texas Legislature to expand our services across the Dallas region. Then, when schools began to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we pivoted to distance learning and tele-counseling. Throughout 2019-20, more than 50,000 students had access to CISDR help on campus and in the virtual space. 7,582 K-12 students benefited from individualized CISDR support, including tutoring, counseling, home visits, and parent intervention. Of these students:

  • 82% improved in academics, behavior and/or attendance
  • 99% were promoted to the next grade
  • 97% of eligible seniors graduated
  • 100% stayed in school


The parent/guardian of every child served by CISDR completes a permission slip, informed consent and release of information, which allows CISDR to access their child’s academic record. Following an assessment of the child’s academic, attendance, behavioral and social service needs, a baseline is created and progress is measured every 6 or 9 weeks (depending on the district). Throughout the school year, our Site Coordinators record their students’ data in the statewide CIS-NAV database. The results are then collated by the CISDR Data Team and sent to the Texas Education Agency for verification.

What People are Saying About CISDR

Three Box is thrilled to continue supporting CISDR’s work in schools throughout the Metroplex. We believe in the power of investing in students to reach their fullest potential. CISDR shows up, day in and day out, to make a life-changing impact on students in our community.

Amanda HillCEO, Three Box Strategic Communications

I want to give my salute to these wonderful women and those who work with them on the Communities In Schools project. It's impossible to overstate my respect and admiration for what you're doing.

Dan Rather

We are happy to be able to support the great work of Communities In Schools in partnership with McKinney ISD and serving the most challenged children in the community.

Raj BhargavaOwner, Manner Polymers

For middle and high schools students, CIS was clearly making a difference. Most striking, perhaps, was the unanimous response across students in high school and many in middle schools who stated that they would have dropped out of school if it were not for CIS.

TEA Best Practices in Dropout Prevention Study

[CISDR] has given me a new way to look at things. Find a solution to school related problems, out of school, and relationship problems. Also [I’ve learned] how to avoid problems.

CISDR Student

The tutoring provides a chance for our children to get personalized attention. This helps them improve in their learning and thus, help improve their confidence and self-esteem. It's a wonderful program!

CISDR Parent

CIS is an integral part of our school. They provide services that fulfill many specific needs in our building. I strongly believe that they are an important facet of the support system our students require in order to be successful. [The Site Coordinators] are always available and eager to support our students and their families.

Campus Principal at Caldwell Elementary School

The challenges – and opportunities – that our world presents will never be lesser, so the need to prepare and equip young people has never been more important. Communities In Schools bridges the gap for many young people, helping ensure that they are able to face tomorrow’s world more confident in their ability to succeed.

Blake LewisCISDR Board Chair