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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 28th year, CIS of Charleston has grown to serve nearly 10,000 students in 19 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:

  • Student Support Program
  • Wise Guys
  • ForWard
  • Tutoring and Mentoring

During the 2016-2017 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, Edith L. Frierson Elementary, Garrett Academy of Technology, Haut Gap Middle, Lambs Elementary, Mary Ford Elementary, 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, and R. B. Stall High


2015-2016 Results

CIS achieves positive results with the students who actively participate in the CIS programs. For the 2015-16 school year, the following outcomes were achieved based on approximately 950 students who received Student Support services:

• 98% were promoted to the next grade level
• 98% of our seniors graduated
• 73% of seniors enrolled in college; 6% in military service, and 21%    entered the work force
• 75% maintained adequate or improved attendance

• 82% improved Math scores

• 86% improved Reading scores

• 93% improved or maintained positive behavior


2014 Form 990    2014 Audit       

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