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
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 840 campuses in 144 school districts.
- Last year, CIS of Texas served 603,697 students with school-wide services.
- Last year, CIS of Texas case managed 63,730 students.
- Last year, the state cost per case managed student was $195.03.
Student Performance (Case Managed Students) 2012-2013:
- 98% stayed in school
- 94% promoted to the next grade
- 94% eligible to graduate, graduated
- 89% targeted for academics, improved
- 79% 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
- 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) $14,241,681, (Federal*) $3,665,990
- FY 2014 - (State) $13,813,035, (Federal*) $3,815,990
- 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)
CIS of Texas grant awards
Bay Area, Inc.
- CIS Baytown, Inc.
- CIS of the Big Country, Inc.
Ph: (325) 232-8712
- CIS of Brazoria County, Inc.
Ph: (979)849-0321 ext.3
- CIS of Cameron County
- CIS of Central Texas
- CIS of the Coastal Bend, Inc.
- CIS Dallas Region, Inc.
- CIS of East Texas, Inc.
El Paso, Inc.
- CIS of Galveston County
- CIS of the Golden Crescent
- CIS of Greater Central Texas,
- CIS of Greater Tarrant County,
- CIS of the Greater Wichita
- CIS of the Heart of Texas
- CIS of Hidalgo County, Inc.
- CIS of Laredo, Texas Inc.
- CIS of Northeast Texas
- CIS of North Texas, Inc.
- CIS of the Permian Basin, Inc.
Ph: (432) 689-1047
- CIS of San Antonio, Inc.
- CIS of South Central
- CIS Southeast Harris County,
- CIS Southeast Texas, Inc.
- CIS of the South Plains,
CIS of Texas laws and rules
CIS of Texas resources
Texas Education Agency:
CIS of Texas Help Desk
CIS of Texas E-mail
For Program Questions:
CIS of Texas State Director: Julie Wayman
For Data Questions:
Program Specialist: Liza Lorenzi
For Fiscal Questions:
Grant Specialist: Iris Adams