At a Glance


Through (school-based coordination or a school-based coordinator), Communities In Schools connect students and their families to critical community resources tailored to local needs.


We are 5,000 professionals and nearly 50,000 volunteers on the ground, working in nearly 2,700 K-12 public schools, in the most challenged communities, in 27 states and the District of Columbia, serving nearly 1.26 million young people and their families every year. .


There is no single reason why students drop out of school, nor is dropping out of school a sudden decision. Dropping out is a result of a long process of disengagement that may begin even before a child enters school. It is a cumulative process, brought about by any number of individual, family, community or school risk factors.

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You can help Communities In Schools of North Texas serve our students!

Over 1,100 volunteers generously donated more than 10,000 hours to help us last year, but we still need your help!


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Many North Texas students are ill equipped to pursue academic excellence. You can help! Below is a list of items that will go a long way in helping a child successfully learn, achieve excellence and have a fulfilling school experience.


About Us

More than 20,000 Denton and Wise County public school students are in at-risk situations for failure and of dropping out of school. With the help of Communities in Schools of North Texas (CISNT), part of the nation's largest dropout prevention network, many will beat the odds this year and stay in school. CISNT, a non-profit administered through guidelines by the Texas Education Agency(TEA), is part of an innovative national approach established to combat the dropout problem.



We deeply believe that programs don't change lives, relationships do.  In fact, that statement was originally made by Communities In Schools founder, Bill Milliken.

The Last DropoutIn the book, The Last Dropout, written by Communities In Schools founder Bill Milliken,our dropout prevention model of placing one CIS professional in a school with a high population of at-risk students is explained in easy to understand detail.  The resources that the community pours into the lives of at-risk students through our CIS staff member and hundreds of volunteers is the key that makes the difference.  So while it is important to understand the programs we operate to help an at-risk student succeed, we can never forget that the relationships make the long-term difference.

The mission of CISNT is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. In an effort to help at-risk students overcome barriers and achieve their goals, CISNT believes that every child deserves five basics:  

  • A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult

  • A safe place to learn and grow

  • A healthy start and a healthy future

  • A marketable skill to use upon graduation

  • A chance to give back to peers and community

These five basics are the foundation of all CISNT programs and services.We provide four basic program models to achieve our mission:

Dropout Prevention Programs

ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education)

Dropout Intervention Programs


Scrappy and CISNT kidsAll CISNT program models utilize the Communities In Schools Six Component Service model to address barriers to success:

  • Supportive Guidance and Counseling
  • Health and Human Services
  • Parental and Family Involvement
  • Career Awareness/ Employment
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Educational Enhancement

**Programs are made possible by generous contributions by City of Denton, City of Lewisville, Office of Juvenile Justice Division, Town of Flower Mound, United Way Denton County, United Way Metropolitan Dallas, United Way of Wise County and many, many other sponsors.

From Our Blog

A Student's Compassion

Eliana and Ms. HensleeEliana, a fifth grade student at Southridge Elementary in Lewisville, TX, expressed one of the most selfless acts of kindness that I've witnessed from our students. A small number of our fifth graders were caught stealing reading books from Ms. Henslee's classroom afterschool. I was very disappointed in those students but made a general statement to the entire group about honesty and being respectful of the things that do not belong to us.


Growing Socially and Academically

AveryWhen Avery began participating in the Communities In Schools Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) program last Fall at Lakeside Middle School, he was very timid and had a tendency to stay away from others as much as possible. His parents came to ACE for help for their son, and they were convinced that with constant communication and a lot of love their son could be helped.

Avery has high functioning autism. He has a difficult time making friends and staying organized.


Conquering Her Spelling Fears

Kayley and MichaelKayley is a 5th grader who was struggling with her spelling words. She is enrolled in the Communities In Schools afterschool academic enrichment program at Lee Elementary in Denton, TX. Her mom requested that she not play outside or participate in club enrichment time but spend extra time after school to work on her spelling words.


From Safety Net to Making New Friends

CIS officeThis month I would like to praise one of my students, J, a ninth grader at Lewisville High School – Killough Campus. At the beginning of the school year J seemed to have a difficult time getting along with others, and making new friends. During lunch time or other social times, she would use the CIS office as a place to go to avoid the alternative of being alone.



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