Struggling students and their families have a hard time accessing and navigating the maze of public and private services. There may be ample resources in a community, but rarely is there someone on the ground who is able to connect these resources with the schools and students that need them most. Through a school-based coordinator, we bring these local resources into the school where they are accessible, coordinated and accountable.
The Communities in Schools Model
The site coordinator fills a pivotal role as the single point of contact working inside the school coordinating and providing integrated student supports. They work with school leadership and staff to connect students and families with community resources that help to address both academic and non-academic needs, allowing students to show up healthy, safe and prepared to learn.
What sets CIS apart is our holistic approach to addressing both the academic and non-academic needs of students. Working with school leadership and staff, CIS site coordinators — who are based inside schools — prioritize the needs of the school, determine which supports need to be increased or improved and identify supports that the schools need but don’t currently have. In addition to the school needs assessment, site coordinators also identify students at risk of dropping out, assess what they need and then find the right supports to ensure they stay on track to graduate.
The CIS site coordinator works with volunteers, partners and the local community to provide students with the supports they need to succeed both inside and outside the classroom. We provide these supports in two different tiers. By differentiating our supports, we are able to serve most students in a school and also focus attention on targeted students that have significant needs.
- Tier 2: Targeted programs
- Tier 3: Individualized support
Comprehensive services include:
- Academic assistance
- Behavior interventions
- College & career prep
- Community service
- Family engagement
- Life skills/social development
Who We Serve
Communities in Schools Georgia in Marietta/Cobb County serves all of Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools. Our current Communities in Schools (CIS) Model Schools include:
- Cobb Horizons High School
- Marietta Middle School
- Marietta Performance Learning Center
- Osborne High School
- Pebblebrook High School
- South Cobb High School