The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.


Communities In Schools of Lexington/Davidson County is an affiliate of the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization.

Our mission is to champion the connection of needed

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community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.

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.

Ensuring student success is everyone’s job: schools, parents, communities.

In Lexington and Davidson County, we work closely with schools, social services, businesses and hundreds of volunteers to get young people the things they need to learn and grow: mentors, tutors, family services and much more. Without these basic supports, kids in need or at-risk are far less likely to succeed and grow into productive adults.

Getting kids what they need – when they need it
Children are individuals with very individualized needs. Our school-site coordinators respond quickly, on a case-by-case basis to get kids what they need — when they need it. Help can be as simple as providing eyeglasses to a child in need or as intensive as after-school tutoring; it all depends on the child.

Churchland Elementary

Proven, Evidence-based Strategy
Communities In Schools: the only dropout prevention program in the nation proven to increase graduation rates.

Recent third-party findings confirm: Of the many organizations working to improve student outcomes, Communities In Schools, through coordination of services, is proven to be more effective, and results in higher graduation rates, and higher percentages of students reaching proficiency in math and reading.*

Download the policy brief and ICF Executive Summary.