About Us

Our Approach

Established in 1989, Communities In Schools of North Carolina is part of the national Communities In Schools network. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Communities In Schools believes the formula for student success is ABC+P: attendance, behavior, coursework and parent/family engagement. We work directly inside more than 300 public schools across the state, creating tailor-made plans for those students with the greatest risk of dropping out. We empower 1.5 million students nationally to stay in school and on the path to graduation each year.

Our trained student support specialists do this by partnering with school leadership, mobilizing the community to offer students extra support, and doing whatever it takes to help them succeed.

CIS Model

CISNC Model 2015


Increased attendance, improved behavior, and satisfactory coursework, in addition to parent and family engagement, are the focus areas guiding our work. Collectively, we call it the ABC + P model. Our school-based Student Support Specialists identify students in danger of not achieving their potential, assess student needs and provide wrap-around interventions and resources to change outcomes.

Communities In Schools has been recognized for its financial accountability/transparency and sound business practices. Please review our most recent 990.