Communities In Schools of Mitchell County

A Community-based Approach

    Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation's largest dropout prevention organization.

     Founded in the 1970’s on the belief that “programs don’t save children, relationships do,” CIS has become the nation’s most effective and widely respected community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life. The CIS National Office is located in Alexandria, Virgina ( and the CIS of North Carolina office ( is located in Raleigh.

    Communities in Schools takes a holistic approach to drop-out prevention by addressing the physical, emotional, social and academic needs of children and families through a wide range of tutoring, counseling and mentoring programs; cultural and community service activities; and advisement for post-secondary education, financial aid, scholarships and career services.

    By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children’s unmet needs, CIS provides the link between educators and the community. The result: teachers are free to teach, and students – many in jeopardy of dropping out – have the opportunity to focus on learning.

    For over 30 years, Communities In Schools has worked to ensure that every child has these "Five Basics":

  • A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
  • A safe place to learn and grow
  • A healthy start and a healthy future
  • A marketable skill to use upon graduation
  • A chance to give back to peers and community