Our program provides dropout prevention and intervention services at seven (soon to be nine) Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) sites. CIS of Chesterfield uses an Integrated Student Support (ISS) services model to provide students and families with wrap-around services that promote academic success. ISS is a school-based approach that develops and coordinates supports that target academic and non-academic barriers to learning. These resources range from traditional tutoring and mentoring to provision of a broader set of supports, such as linking students to physical and mental health care and connecting families to parent education, family counseling, food banks, GED programs and other employment assistance programs The strength of the CIS model is a school-based CIS site coordinator and the community connections that are provided and supported by the CIS of Chesterfield Board of Directors. The CIS site coordinator works to understand the needs of the students, the teachers, school administrators and families of their school communities and identifies and/or creates partnerships and programs to address these obstacles to learning. The site coordinator is tasked with matching these resources and services to the students (and families) with the greatest needs. Our bottom line objective is to increase academic achievement and ultimately to increase the graduation rate of our most at-risk students. CIS partners with local businesses, civic groups, faith communities, public agencies, and community volunteers to create innovative resources and deliver quality programming for students and their families. CIS Five Basics Every Child Needs and Deserves: 1. A One-on-One Relationship with a Caring Adult 2. A Safe Place to Learn and Grow 3. A Healthy Start and a Healthy Future 4. A Marketable Skill to Use Upon Graduation 5. A Chance to Give Back to Peers and Community
Communities In Schools of Chesterfield
The mission of Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chesterfield is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Many children face challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Through a school-based coordinator, CIS strategically aligns and delivers needed resources so that students can focus on learning. CIS builds relationships with students, teachers, families, and multiple community resources, with a singular focus,improving academic achievement of at-risk students. CIS partners with local businesses, civic groups, faith communities, public agencies and community volunteers to create resources and deliver quality programming for students in grades Pre-K through the 12th grade. CIS of Chesterfield currently serves over 4,000 students at 6 Chesterfield County Public Schools. We serve students at the Carver College & Career Academy, Falling Creek Middle, Salem Church Middle, Bellwood Elementary, Chalkley Elementary, and Ettrick Elementary. 2977 students at these schools have an assigned case manager and receive comprehensive (Level 2) services.