Our Program

Helping all students succeed builds stronger, healthier and more economically stable communities where every person is capable of reaching their greatest potential.


Many of the young people we serve are facing challenges both inside and outside the classroom. What sets Communities In Schools apart is the way we coordinate a comprehensive range of services to support all the needs of these students—academic and non-academic—so they come to school ready to learn.


Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CIS-TN) provides in-school/virtual supports and connects students and families to the community-based resources they need. At CIS-TN we know students thrive when they have strong trusting relationships with adults.


Our school-based staff, known as site coordinators, bring resources, services, families and volunteers inside the school to create a community of caring adults who work hand-in-hand with educators to make sure young people have the tools they need to attend school regularly and remain on track to graduation.

 Integrated Student Supports

Working to meet the needs of the whole child

CIS’ Integrated Student Supports Model is a school-based approach to develop academic success by tackling academic and non-academic barriers. Support is provided by our site coordinators who assess a student’s needs, and then provides direct services and/or makes referrals to community partners to ensure a student has everything they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.

We provide these supports in three 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.


Services available to all students.

Ex: Career Day, Health Fair

Small peer groups

Targeted services which can be provided in a group setting to students with a common need.

Ex: Healthy Relationships Girls Group, Anger Management Group

Individualized support

Providing case management to targeted students.

Ex: Counseling Services, Basic Needs Provision

I don’t have much food at home, so every Friday my CIS coordinator gives me some. She even gives me extra, so my sister eats too! She encourages me to come to school and texts me to see if I’m okay. I know I can talk to her if I’m having a bad day.


Anonymous Student in McNairy Co.

CIS Model

CIS uses an evidenced-based model that allows staff to design and provide services that best fit the needs of each individual school.  The model includes:

  • A full-time, school-based site coordinator

  • Annual needs assessment

  • Strategic support plan

  • School-wide services for all students

  • Case management services for 10% of the student body

  • Community partners

With this model, our staff focus on providing five basic essentials to help students be successful:

A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult

A marketable skill to use upon graduation

A safe place to learn and grow

A chance to give back to peers and the community

A healthy start and a healthy future

2020-2021 School Year



1 urban | 15 rural


case managed students

401 urban | 501 rural


partner schools

17 urban | 23 rural

Communities In Schools® (CIS ™) of Tennessee

1207 18th Ave South | Nashville, TN 37212

615.727.1341 | info@cistn.org

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