Over the last 18 years, CIS of Clark County has affected the lives of thousands of Clark County children and families. This impact is evident in our results in school achievement, addressing basic needs, and providing supports to our partner schools.
By the Numbers
“I can’t imagine not having the support of Communities in Schools at Clarksville Elementary School! The academic support is very much needed at our school. These are student needs that would be very difficult for our school to meet without the support from Communities in Schools. Educating and caring for students is a team effort, and I feel so blessed to have the support of Communities in Schools!” Principal – Clarksville Elementary
- 401 students received academic assistance through In-School Tutoring and Homework Clubs led by a CIS Resource Coordinator
- 90% of students who received tutoring maintained or improved their report card grades
- Almost 1,200 first grade students from all three Clark County School Districts received a free vision screening from volunteer optometrists provided by CIS of Clark County
- 425 students received counseling from a licensed Centerstone therapist provided by CIS of Clark County
- 117 students participated in 321 Read with a volunteer mentor.
- 86% of these students maintained or improved their reading grades.
- 101 Volunteers gave away nearly 2,298 brand new books to their students.
- 592 students participated in CIS of Clark County’s 21st Century Community Learning Center and Extended Day Learning before and after school programs.
Resource Coordinators provide one-on-one and small group tutoring, credit recovery, facilitate Service Learning activities, and oversee the 321 Read program in elementary schools. CIS Resource Coordinators distribute basic needs items to homeless and low-income students as part of the CIS Bare Necessities program, and make referrals to outside agencies for additional family needs. CIS Resource Coordinators work with school staff and Centerstone Therapists to develop a School Support Plan and individual Student Support Plans for CIS Case-Managed students.
CIS of Clark County contracts with Centerstone Mental Health to provide a licensed, Master’s-level therapist at each of 16 schools during the school day. Students receiving therapy are referred by teachers and counseled with parental/guardian consent. Having therapists available during the school day eliminates barriers to mental health treatment for low-income families, such as lack of transportation or lack of insurance. The CIS contract ensures that students can receive therapy regardless of insurance status or income level.
Matches a community-volunteer with a struggling reader for a one-on-one weekly session of reading to and with the student. Each week the student is given a new book to build the student’s home library. Once the student is matched with a “reading friend”, CIS of Clark County commits to providing a volunteer for a full three years, from 1st through 3rd grade.
CIS also provides services designed for a whole school, district, or grade level. These have included an in-school theater performance for all elementary schools, vision screenings for all 1st graders, and a nature book or dictionary to all 3rd graders.
This program works to address the external factors which influence children’s academic achievement. Children receive coats, eyeglasses, shoes, lice shampoo, clothing, and other essential items. On an as-needed basis, CIS of Clark County also provides families in need of assistance with referrals to other community resources.
Through a grant from the Indiana Department of Education, 5 Clark County elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school are 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) Sites. 21st CCLC sites offer after-school academic and behavioral interventions for teacher and principal referred students in grades 1 – 5 at the elementary level, grades 6 – 8 at the middle school level, and grades 9-12 at the high school level. In addition to homework assistance, credit recovery, and tutoring, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of other enrichment activities such as service learning, STEM, college/career experiences, arts & culture, and other enrichment activities.
The Extended Day Learning (EDL) Program was launched at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Before and after school care is provided for elementary school aged children in Clarksville Schools and grades k-6 in Greater Clark County School. The program creates an engaging, enriching, and nurturing environment with homework help and enrichment activities.