Communities In Schools
Dropout Prevention






June 9th: Barnes & Noble Fundraiser

On June 9, Barnes & Noble in West Ashley & Mt. Pleasant will be donating 10% of sales to CIS. All you have to do is show up to either location and present the flyer found here (or pick one up at the West Ashley location between 9am and noon) when checking out. 


We're also hosting a children's reading at 11am with Little Miss "P" author Anne Magill S. Payne ( at the West Ashley location! 



2014 Annual Impact Report

During the 2013-14 year, CIS of Charleston served 14,187 students in 30 schools. To learn more about our achievements during the 2013-2014 school, please look at our 2014 Annual Impact Report.



Music Tells the Story

Music Tells the Story is an expanding project to provide music education and enrichment for elementary school students.  Composer/songwriter/performer Ayala Asherov-Kalus works with students at Burns Elementary School to turn their poems and stories into real compositions played by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Click on the image below to watch a great video about the program.





Communities In Schools of Charleston is celebrating 26 years of serving Lowcountry students!

Communities In Schools maintains a 501 (c)(3) status (EIN: 57-0915384) and thanks to its partnerships with the Berkeley and Charleston County School Districts and Trident United Way, CIS will serve more than 13,200 students this year!


Angel Oak Elementary, Burke Middle/High, Burns Elementary, Frierson Elementary, Chicora School of Communications, Clark Academy, Cross Elementary, Goodwin Elementary, Haut Gap Middle, James Simons Elementary, Jane Edwards Elementary, Lambs Elementary, Lincoln Middle/High, Mary Ford Elementary, Memminger School of Global Studies, Mitchell Math and Science Elementary, Mt. Zion Elementary, North Charleston Elementary, North Charleston High, Northwoods Middle, Pepperhill Elementary, Sanders-Clyde Elementary/Middle, St. Johns High, Stall High, Zucker Middle School of Science, St. Stephen Elementary, and Sedgefield Intermediate.



During the 2013-14 year, we served 14,187 young people in 30 schools. Of those students, 1,233 received case-managed services. We are proud to say that of those case-managed students:

  • 96% were promoted to the next grade level (excluding seniors)

  • 79% maintained adequate attendance

  • 74% made improvements in Math scores

  • 78% made improvements in Reading scores
  • 89% improved behavior

  • 95% of seniors graduate (88% went to college, 10% joined the military)

Thanks to the generosity of volunteers and donors, CIS has helped thousands of children excel in schools throughout the Charleston region. Read some of our SUCCESS STORIES.


Read why CIS is the leading dropout prevention program...

Five-Year Comprehensive Evaluation Ranks Communities In Schools as the leading Dropout Prevention Organization in America and the Only One Proven to Increase Graduation Rates! READ MORE about the largest and most comprehensive evaluation of dropout prevention programs ever completed.





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