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THE NATION’S LEADING DROPOUT PREVENTION ORGANIZATION
Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Nationwide, Communities In Schools partners with more than 2,400 public schools, assisting 1.25 million students and their families. Currently, nearly 200 local affiliates operate in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Locally Communities In Schools of Central Ohio has been serving Columbus City Schools and other local School Districts since 1993.
The Dropout Crisis
Every 26 seconds a student drops out of school. One‑fourth of high school students don’t finish on time; about half of all black and Hispanic students won’t make it to graduation.
The consequences of this crisis affect individuals, families and the larger community. Dropouts are more likely to live in poverty, suffer poor health, be incarcerated or be dependent on social services. Over the course of a lifetime, a dropout earns, on average, $260,000 less than a high school graduate.
As a proven solution to the dropout problem, Communities In Schools works within the school system to address underlying factors that impede student success.
An independent, five-year evaluation by ICF International shows that Communities In Schools is the largest and most effective dropout prevention organization in the nation, and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.
Our model, known as Integrated Student Services, ensures that all the needs of children are met so that when students are in the classroom, they are ready to learn—and teachers can focus on teaching.