CISC Home     "There is no one better in the city than Communities In Schools of Chicago in linking our schools with great partners in the community who can come in and provide desperately needed services."
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education and former CEO, Chicago Public Schools

At Communities In Schools of Chicago, our goal is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

More than 85 percent of Chicago public school students live in low-income households. Many students lack access to the resources and supports that help them succeed academically. Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago offers a solution by connecting students and their families with programs and services – at no cost – that address students’ unmet needs. These can range from physicals and immunizations and theater performances, to violence prevention education and mental health care, to targeted, one-on-one, case-managed support for students most at risk of leaving school.

This school year, CIS of Chicago will impact more than 50,000 Chicago public school students. Overall, since our launch in 1988, we have supported more than 800,000 students and connected more than 16,000 services through relationships with one-quarter of all Chicago public schools.

CIS of Chicago builds connections across the metropolitan area that public school students are supported. We invite you to connect with us and help advance our work. Here are ways:

  • Follow our day-to-day work and help us advocate for students by connecting to us on Facebook and Twitter
  • Make a tax-deductible donation to our children’s mental health programming, training for community organizations, mini-scholarships for tenacious students, or any of our other initiatives
  • Get your organization connected to students efficiently and effectively through our network of community partners
  • Learn about key challenges facing schools by reading one of our special reports
  • Read stories about our school and community partners in our most recent annual report
  • Contact us with specific questions or suggestions; we love conversations about education
You also can become more informed about the key challenges facing schools by reading the Special Report series conducted by Communities In Schools of Chicago during the past three years.
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