Student Success, One Child at a Time
Overview of CISR
Ensuring student success is everyone's job: schools, parents, communities.
Communities In Schools of Renton (CISR) has been serving Renton students and their families free of charge, since 1994. Beginning as a strong 3-way partnership between the City of Renton, the Renton School District, and Communities In School of Renton this unique partnership continues to be the foundation of our success.
We believe that the cycle of poverty and inequity can be broken through education.
Communities In Schools of Renton connects students and their families with needed community resources, providing systemic support and balance to the lives of students so they come to school ready to learn, focus on staying in school and experience academic success. CIS-Renton provides customized services for thousands of Renton students and their families every year through our Mentor Program, Family Liaison Program and Academic Liaison Program.
Focused on non-academic needs.
To help kids succeed in school Communities In Schools of Renton addresses their non-academic needs. We recruit and train hundreds of community volunteers to mentor young people, we help families in dire circumstances regain their foothold so kids have a more stable and supportive environment, and we help parents engage in their child's education.
In 11 Renton schools, CISR staff focus on nonacademic needs to improve children's self-esteem and attachment to school, increase parent engagement, and profoundly affect student attendance, behavior and academic achievement.
Proven, Evidence-based Strategy
Communities In Schools: the only dropout prevention program in the nation proven to increase graduation rates.
Recent third-party findings confirm: Of the many organizations working to improve student outcomes, Communities In Schools, through coordination of services, is proven to be more effective, and result in higher graduation rates, and higher percentages of students reaching proficiency in math and reading.*
Download the policy brief and ICF Executive Summary.
* ICF International, April 2008. Communities In Schools National Evaluation School-Level Report. Vol. 2. Fairfax, VA: IFC International.
Join us! Be a part of the solution.
In Renton, we work closely with schools, social services, businesses and volunteers to get young people the things they need to learn and grow. Through mentoring and family support services we support the student and stabilize the family. Without these basic supports, kids in need or at-risk are far less likely to succeed in school and grow into productive adults.