Communities In Schools
Dropout Prevention




Join Us at High Cotton
for Administrative Professionals' Day!

Support Communities In Schools by treating your administrative staff to a special 3-course lunch at High Cotton for only $25 per person.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to CIS!

Seating is available from 11:30am to 1:30pm.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling High Cotton at 843-724-3815 or by visiting

To view this year's menu, please click here.



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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