What’s Happening at CISNC

Communities In Schools of North Carolina serves more students statewide

Date: 03/04/2014


Communities In Schools surrounds students with school-wide services such as violence prevention, basic needs services, combating truancy and providing academic supports to improve graduation rates.  Additionally, local CIS staff work with school administrators to identify students in greatest need and provide specific and targeted interventions to increase success in school and life.  Together these services are increasing graduation rates across the state.


Key findings from the Changing the Picture for North Carolina’s Youth report include:

  • CIS services focus on all aspects of a student’s needs, both academic and non-academic, creating a unique model of service delivery.
  • Students participating in CIS programs in 12th grade graduated at a rate of 96.5%, up more than 2% from 2011-12.
  • The greatest challenge of students participating in CIS services is meeting basic needs.
  • A new data point shows that of CIS students graduating, 55 % are moving on to postsecondary education, 15% are moving into the workforce and 3% are entering military service.


Report findings were validated by a third-party review by RTI International and a brief on the report can be found online at Data Brief for 2012-2013 or at Quick Facts for a snapshot of the report.


The statewide findings are further supported by a report released by Child Trends last week.  In the report, Integrated Student Services: The Evidence, Child Trends finds that programs offering integrated student supports, such as those provided through CIS, are showing evidence of  increased math achievement, improved student attendance and lower dropout rates. View it today, The Child Trends Report .



“At CIS we are focused on surrounding students with the services and supports they need to be successful,” said Eric Hall, President and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina.   “The results being achieved in terms of student graduations tell us we are on the right track.  Our next goal is to reach more students, in more communities, early in their school careers.”


“Considering programs that serve disadvantaged students, CISNC has collected some of the cleanest data that I have analyzed,” said Laura Knapp, with RTI International.  “In addition to strong school and affiliate level data, CIS national has conducted a rigorous and thoughtful evaluation of their services which proves that the CIS Model lowers dropout rates and increases on-time graduation. This evidence is the result of the coordinated provision of services through CIS versus the provision of uncoordinated services alone.”

“Shaping the Future” Winter Institute at the McKimmon Center

Date: 03/17/2014

Please save the date for the CISNC “Barely” Winter Institute.   The Winter Institute is scheduled for March 17-18 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.  This year’s theme is “Shaping the Future” and its already shaping up to be an excellent event for EDs, program managers, mid-level leadership, affiliate support staff, Site Coordinators and Board Members.


Stay tuned for information regarding registration and workshops.