"Communities In Schools of Chicago has been instrumental
in helping the school provide services that have led to the improvement
of the school's learning environment as well as the academic performance
Zelma Woodson, Principal, Jenner Academy of the Arts
CISC celebrates the organization's 25th anniversary year. Since our founding in 1988, more than 730,000 Chicago Public School students have accessed essential programs and services to help the learn and succeed in life.
Key Dates 2012-2013
CISC adds 21 new partner schools to its network.
Communities In Schools of Chicago, in partnership with City Year, Talent Development of Johns Hopkins University, and Union Park Schools, helps open Chicago’s first Diplomas Now campus. The Diplomas Now model provides a range of support services to students at Chicago Talent Development Charter High School on the city’s West Side.
Communities In Schools of Chicago connects programs and services to more than 60,000 students.
Communities In Schools of Chicago partners with 152 schools — one quarter
of the Chicago Public Schools system.
Communities In Schools of Chicago reaches $2,000,000 in annual revenue.
Communities In Schools of Chicago launches the McCormick Agency Impact Initiative to expand
and deepen our work with service providers to improve the
coordination and quality of programs connected to
Communities In Schools of Chicago doubles its number of school partners from 50 to 100.
Communities In Schools of Chicago creates the Veteran School Network (VSN) for schools that have
partnered with us for five years or more. Trained in service coordination,
veteran schools receive referrals and technical assistance from
Communities In Schools of Chicago.
Communities In Schools of Chicago partners with 50 Chicago Public Schools and more
than 100 service providers.
Communities In Schools of Chicago connects programs and services to more than 20,000
Communities In Schools of Chicago adopts a new program model and selects the first group
of eight active schools. Under this new model, Communities In Schools of Chicago helps
our partner schools coordinate programs and services that
address students’ needs. We also train school staff to build
and sustain effective partnerships with service providers.
The Communities In Schools of Chicago Board of Directors determines that the organization could
better serve Chicago youth and families by acting as a bridge that
links existing community resources and programs with students
and schools in need instead of case-managing individual students.
Communities In Schools of Chicago begins working at Collins High School. Communities In Schools of Chicago provides leadership
and life skill instruction, job readiness training, health and counseling
services, mentoring, remedial education assistance and cultural
enhancements to the school’s most at-risk students.
Later, Communities In Schools of Chicago expands its reach to 700 students in
Communities In Schools, the country’s largest network of
independent dropout prevention organizations, comes
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