Communities In Schools of Cleveland County
The Cleveland Challenge, a group of community leaders dedicated to establishing “community excellence” brought the Communities In Schools (CIS) model to Cleveland County in 1991 as one answer to the critical concern for education. Communities In Schools began serving students in 1992. Currently, Communities In Schools provides services to students in grades 3 – 12 both during the school day and in after school programs at ten school sites, which includes all four area high schools, James Love, Marion, Shelby Intermediate, Shelby Middle, Shelby High, Crest Middle and Burns Middle. Communities In Schools is aligned with the educational goals of the Cleveland County School System in the areas of Academics, Behavior, Coursework and Parental Engagement, which we refer to as our ABC+P model. We work collaboratively with Cleveland County Schools as a strong partner to identify under served students who demonstrate that they are in need of support in one or more of these areas and to ensure that upon graduation every student is enrolled, enlisted, or employed. In addition, we provide enrichment opportunities, cultural experiences, mentoring, teen court/community service and restitution, career and college readiness opportunities, leadership opportunities and field trips.
The goal of our organization in partnership with Cleveland County Schools is to ensure upon graduation that students are either enrolled, enlisted, or employed.