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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 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. 

Now in its forth decade of service, CIS of Charleston has grown to serve nearly 8,000 students in schools throughout Charleston and Berkeley Counties. CIS deploys 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 brings together a network of over 150 affiliates serving in 26 states across the country. Along with CIS of Greenville and CIS of the Midlands, CIS of Charleston in a leader in Social Emotional Learning throughout South Carolina and is a part of a national network that represents the largest provider of integrated student supports in the country. CIS continues to empower students towards high levels of success in their Attendance, Behavior and Coursework.


2018-19 RESULTS

CIS Charleston served over 8,000 students in 15, Title 1, Berkeley and Charleston County K-12 schools during the 2018-2019 school year. 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, and school wide (Level 3) services to over 8,000 students.


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.