​​Communities In Schools (CIS) Model places site coordinators in schools where they are part of a team who assesses individual student risk factors, and then develops comprehensive individual plans for struggling students.  The team's goal is to identify challenges, develope goals, and equip students with whatever is needed to ensure academic success.

Communities In Schools (CIS) surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  Utilizing the CIS model, we assist selected communities and schools throughout Georgia to develop, implement and support locally-defined, comprehensive education programs.  The integrated student services model enables kids to graduate from high school and prepares them to succeed in college or a career.

CIS Candler County partners with our school district and connects community resources to families and kids based on the needs of the community.  Key initiatives include mentoring, parent engagement, literacy, and youth leadership, 

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What We Do

Our Beliefs

Company Profile

CIS believes every child needs and deserves the five basics©:

  • A personal, 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


Founded: 1990

Our Vision:
All Candler County students will be able to stay in school, graduate, have a marketable skill upon graduation, and give back to their peers and community through the efforts of CIS Candler County.

For 27 years, Communities In Schools (CIS) of Candler County has been helping our students achieve in school, graduate from high school, and go on to bright futures. 

CIS is proven to both increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates.  Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

CIS of Candler County is part of the CIS of Georgia network of programs serving local communities across the state.  We are passionate and committed professionals working in our public schools in partnership with administrators, teachers, and the community.   Together, we share the objective to help students access what they need to successfully move forward in school and earn a diploma.

We work closely with Candler County Schools, a system that recognizes the need and effectiveness of integrated and coordinated community services to improve high school graduation rates. 

 CIS of Candler County provides services in each county school to over 2200 students in grades Pre- K thru 12.  On average, 10% of the students who are at high-risk receive intense case management.  All of the schools we serve are Title I with high levels of low-income and disadvantaged children and teens.

​Candler County’s graduation rate has risen from 82.5% in 2015 to 91.2% in 2017  For the students who do not graduate, all but a few doors close to future opportunities when they leave high school without a diploma.

  • CIS programs in all county schools: primary, elementary, middle and high school
  • 2,170 total, individual students received CIS services last year; 121 received sustained, case-managed services
  • 99% of students K - 11th grade working with CIS of Candler County were promoted to the next grade.
  • 100% of high school seniors receiving targeted and sustained services graduated
  • 95% of CIS students improved school attendance
  • 96%  of CIS students improved academic performance
  • 96% of CIS students showed an improvement in behavior​