Communities In Schools has implemented several programs to provide teachers, parents and communities with a unique opportunity to identify at-risk students and take steps to assist them in a variety of ways. We currently offer programs at five elementary schools, four middle schools, and one high school throughout Greenville County, with a site coordinator assigned to each school.
Integrated Student Services
Communities In Schools and The Model of Integrated Student Services: A Proven Solution to America’s Dropout Epidemic
Communities In Schools was founded on the concept that students can and will achieve academically, when resources to address their academic and social service needs are tailored, coordinated and accessible. That premise has evolved into what we now call community-based, integrated student services, which are interventions that improve student achievement by connecting community resources with both the academic and social service needs of students. Such interventions focus programmatic energy, resources and time on shared school and student goals. Through the efforts of a single point of contact, individual student needs are assessed, and research-based connections are made between students and targeted community resources.
We work closely with school staff to identify needs and provide assistance to help improve the academic focus of local schools. The purpose of these programs is to reduce dropout rates, increase promotion rates, and solidify attendance by developing individual program models based on school needs.
Health Care Needs
Our goal is to improve the health of our children, increase awareness of health care issues for parents, and see academic improvement in children with medical problems. Sometimes the solution involves helping families navigate the health care system, enrolling them in Medicaid, or simply arranging for transportation. With a little help and knowledge sharing, we promote healthy lifestyles, increase parental involvement, and increase access to community services.