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Our Program

2020-2021 School Year

  • 40

    partner schools

  • over 18,000

    students served

  • 16


The Issue

Statewide, more than 13 percent of students are chronically absent, defined as having missed 10 percent of the school year, which is typically 18 or more days, for any reason (including excused absences and suspensions).  Many of these children are living in poverty facing enormous challenges outside of the classroom.  Without community support, they are more at risk for missing school, dropping out, and failing to earn a high school diploma.


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.

By helping our most vulnerable students we are building stronger, healthier, and more economically stable communities where every person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential.

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

Communities In Schools® (CIS ™) of Tennessee

1207 18th Ave South | Nashville, TN 37212

615.727.1341 |

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