Communities In Schools of Texas

The mission of Communities In Schools of Texas (CIS of Texas) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS of Texas partners with educators, students, and parents to identify needs of students who are at risk of dropping out of school. By engaging community resource partners, CIS of Texas customizes learning supports for students and provides individual case management. CIS of Texas monitors student-level data and tracks education outcomes in order to provide research-based techniques. The CIS of Texas program model has six components:

  • Academic support, including tutoring and extended learning time
  • College and career readiness, including pre-employment preparation
  • Enrichment activities, including mentoring 
  • Health and human services, including mental health and basic needs
  • Parent and family involvement, including home visits
  • Supportive guidance and counseling, including character building and anti-bullying support

The Texas Education Agency focuses state and federal resources on identifying and replicating proven strategies for dropout prevention and recovery. Research indicates that providing mentors or adult advocates for students at risk of dropping out of school is an effective dropout prevention strategy to help students address learning, social, and emotional needs that are barriers to academic achievement. Mentoring is one of the proven strategies used in the CIS of Texas program. CIS of Texas also provides targeted academic support to address skill gaps and enrich the learning environment for students who are off-track and struggling. 

Eligible organizations are 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

CIS of Texas program performance

  • There are 27 local CIS of Texas affiliates operating programs statewide.
  • These 27 affiliates are serving 873 campuses in 142 school districts.
  • Last year, CIS of Texas case managed 86,743 students.

Student Performance (Case Managed Students) 2013-2014:

  • 99% stayed in school
  • 94% promoted to the next grade 
  • 94% eligible to graduate, graduated 
  • 89% targeted for academics, improved 
  • 78% targeted for attendance, improved 
  • 93% targeted for behavior, improved

According to a legislatively authorized study, Best Practices in Dropout Prevention in Texas (2008), CIS of Texas was found to be one of only three best practice dropout prevention programs in the nation. The study found that the following strategies were commonly used by the programs with the strongest positive outcomes:

  • School-community collaboration
  • Safe learning environments
  • Family engagement
  • Mentoring/tutoring
  • Alternative schooling
  • Active learning

Significant findings from the Evaluation of CIS of Texas (2008) include:

  • General supportive guidance is associated with lower odds of dropping out of school, greater odds of being promoted, greater odds of staying in school, and better attendance rates.
  • CIS of Texas has been successful in engaging parents.
  • The CIS of Texas model is being implemented with fidelity throughout all CIS of Texas affiliates.
  • The CIS State Office at TEA provides significant management and technical support to local affiliates and is credited with the implementation of a statewide CIS of Texas program that is well managed and of high quality.

CIS of Texas funding information 

  •  FY 2015 - (State) $15,521,815, (Federal*) $4,842,341
  •  FY 2014 - (State) $15,521,816, (Federal*) $4,842,342
  •  FY 2013 - (State) $10,000,000, (Federal*) $4,842,341
  •  FY 2012 - (State) $10,000,000, (Federal*) $4,842,342
  •  FY 2011 - (State) $16,130,976, (Federal*) $4,842,341
  •  FY 2010 - (State) $16,130,976, (Federal*) $4,842,342

* Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Please send all CIS related questions to:

CIS of Texas grant award

CIS of Texas laws and rules

 CIS of Texas resources

Texas Education Agency:

CIS of Texas Contacts