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About CIS of Charleston

CIS of Charleston was established in 1989, following a study by Johns Hopkins University in Maryland that advised the Charleston County School District to implement dropout prevention programs. In a 1990 partnership with the Charleston County School District CIS established the Septima P. Clark Corporate Academy, Charleston County’s first alternative high school. The Clark Academy offered a low student/teacher ratio and a comprehensive support staff for students who have previously not excelled in the traditional school setting. America’s Promise has recognized the academy as one of America’s Schools of Promise. 


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.



Now celebrating its 27th year, CIS of Charleston has grown to serve nearly 12,000 students in 25 Charleston and Berkeley County Schools, using an evidenced-based comprehensive approach to bring community services to students, their families, and schools. The organization continues to hold an accredited status with its national organization, which oversees 164 affiliates in 25 states across the country.

CIS of Charleston offers students the following services:

During the 2015-2016 school year, CIS of Charleston will provide services to students at the following schools: Angel Oak Elementary, Burke High, Edmund A. Burns Elementary, Chicora School of Communications, Septima P. Clark Academy, Cross Elementary, Edith L. Frierson Elementary, Garrett Academy of Technology, W. B. Goodwin Elementary, Haut Gap Middle, Lambs Elementary, Lincoln Middle/High, Mary Ford Elementary, Memminger School of Global Studies, Mitchell Math & Science Elementary, Mt. Zion Elementary, North Charleston Elementary, North Charleston High School, Pepperhill Elementary, Sanders-Clyde Elementary/Middle, Sedgefield Intermediate, St. John's High, St. Stephen Elementary, R. B. Stall High, and Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science.


2014-2015 Results

CIS achieves positive results with the students who actively participate in the CIS programs. For the 2014-15 school year, the following outcomes were achieved based on 1,178 students who received Student Support services:

• 96% were promoted (excludes seniors)
• 98% of the seniors graduated
• 78% of seniors enrolled in college; 13% in military service
• 74% maintained adequate attendance

• 77% improved Math scores

• 78% improved Reading scores

• 89% improved behavior


2014 Form 990    2014 Audit       

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