Communities In Schools
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Celebrate the 10th Annual Administrative Professionals Day
Benefitting Communities In Schools
Wednesday, April 23, at High Cotton

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Maverick Southern Kitchens is hosting a three-course lunch at High Cotton Restaurant to celebrate Administrative Professionals' Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to treat your support staff to a meal at one of Charleston's premiere restaurants and support Communities In Schools at the same time!


You may choose your seating time for lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Reservations are required (please call High Cotton at 724-3815 or make reservations  here).


The cost for lunch is $25 (gratuity not included), and all proceeds will benefit Communities In Schools and its dropout prevention programs.



Lowcountry Giving Day


On May 6, 2014, Coastal Community Foundation will present a special day of giving in the Lowcountry. Through the generosity of the Pearlstine Family and several anonymous donors, gifts to selected non-profits  will be amplified, expanding the financial impact of each gift and creating the opportunity for a truly transformative day.

Lift the Lowcountry is part of South Carolina’s state-wide giving day (called SC Gives Day) which is itself part of a larger national effort (called Give Local America).  All these aim to encourage us all to make gifts that support causes we care about in our community.  Part contest, part referendum, all good with over 100 community foundations nationwide working in concert to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the first community foundation.  All are united in promoting generosity where we live and work.

We are excited about this effort because Lift the Lowcountry allows anyone to become a philanthropist. Let’s recognize the work of local nonprofits and amplify the generosity of philanthropists in our community by bringing them together on this day to celebrate the greater good.

Please join Lift the Lowcountry by making a donation to CIS on May 6th.  Donations can be made through the Lowcountry Giving Day website.






We have raised $40,001.00 as of March 3rd, 2014.  Please join us in Meeting the Match today!

Meeting The Match

We need your help to make $100,000 + $100,000 = $200,000

This is our 25th Anniversary Year and we have a momentous opportunity to reinforce the work of CIS in Charleston and its power to change lives. An anonymous couple on Kiawah has CHALLENGED us to sustain and grow what we do. They have promised to match our donors’ new or increased dollars with their own dollars up to $100,000 to help us raise $200,000! Please help us succeed. Join us in MEETING THE MATCH.


Communities In Schools of Charleston is celebrating 25 years of serving Lowcountry students!

Thanks to our partnerships with the Berkeley and Charleston County School Districts and Trident United Way, CIS will reach a new record by serving more than 13,000 students in 30 schools this year! The schools are:


Angel Oak Elementary, Burke Middle/High, Burns Elementary, Frierson Elementary, Charleston Progressive Academy, Chicora School of Communications, Clark Academy, Garrett Academy, 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, Morningside Middle, 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, St. Stephen Middle and Sedgefield Intermediate.



During the 2012-13 year, we served nearly 10,491 young people in 23 schools. Of those students, 1,442 received case-managed services. We are proud to say that of those case-managed students:

  • 94% were promoted to the next grade level (excluding seniors)

  • 75% maintained adequate attendance

  • 77% improved academics in at least one core subject area

  • 92% improved behavior

  • 95% of seniors graduate (69% went to college, 8% 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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