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.
Now celebrating its 30th year, CIS of Charleston has grown to serve nearly 10,000 students in 15 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.
WHO WE ARE
CIS Charleston served over 8,000 students in 15 Title One Berkeley and Charleston County K-12 schools during the 2018-2019 school year, 15 model sites. CIS employed 17 in-school Student Support Specialists working directly with students to provide broad-based (Level 1) and case-managed (Level 2) services; approximately 714 students received Level 2 services.
were promoted to the next grade level.
of our seniors graduated.
of seniors accepted in college — 9% in military service and 9% entered the workforce.
maintained adequate or improved attendance.
"C" or better Math Scores.
"C" or better Reading scores.
improved or maintained positive behavior.
secured a GPA of 2.0 or higher.