Communities In Schools of Richmond

About Communities In Schools of Richmond

Communities In Schools' mission is to surround Richmond area students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Inside every student is a graduate: the ABC’s can make the difference between dropping out or graduating.

Communities In Schools of Richmond (CIS) takes action to address dropout factors by working hand-in-hand with students on personal goals helping them pave the way to success. Research over the last several years consistently identifies the most highly predictive factors of dropping out as the ABC’s:

Attendance: Missing 20 days or being absent 10% of school days

Behavior: Two or more mild or more serious behavior infractions

Course Completion: Not reading at grade level by the end of third grade; failing English or Math in six-ninth grade; failing two courses in ninth grade; getting held back in the ninth grade

Each of these indicators is an early warning sign and part of a CIS intervention strategy to help students stay on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future.

The graduation rate in the City of Richmond is improving but it is a long road. The challenges do not begin when a student enters high school, but far earlier, before a child arrives for the first day of kindergarten. For many of our urban students, concentrated poverty robs children of school readiness, creates obstacles to consistent school attendance or can be the root of profound behavioral issues. All of which place kids at risk for school failure.

While these statistics may seem insurmountable, Communities In Schools of Richmond (CIS) is focusing our work to achieve real results for students. Working across the K-12 pipeline, CISis concentrating on three critical dropout factors. The ABC’s—Attendance, Behaviors, and Course Completion—are at the heart of every service we coordinate for students. Using these factors as identifiers, our goal is to boost strong student outcomes across the spectrum and harness resources to make a greater impact. Using the ABC’s as our guide and with your continued investment, CIS is committed to the long road.

Year after year Communities In Schools of Richmond keeps students in school and on track for graduation.


Student Intern

August 2022 - May 2023 Richmond, VA
“I love working alongside the CIS Site Coordinator at G.H. Reid and gaining hands on experience working with at-risk students and their families in the Richmond community. ”
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