Changing the opportunity equation for students throughout the Lowcountry since 1989

and across the country since 1977.


Experts in Integrated Student Supports

& Social Emotional Learning

All in for Kids.

Integrated Student Supports

Integrated student supports are a school-based approach to promoting students' academic suxxess by developing or securing and coordinating supports that target academic and non-academic barriers to achievement.


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.

Social Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

About Us

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. 


1691 Turnbull Avenue, Suite 200

North Charleston, SC 29405

Tel: (843) 740-6793

Fax: (843) 740-6797


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The Student Support Program is designed to address the risk and protective factors that influence a child’s academic success and the decision to remain in school.