At 64 percent, the District's high school graduation rate is the lowest in the nation, a statistic rooted in poverty. Hunger, homelessness, teen pregnancy, gang violence – these are the challenges faced by the more than 30,000 youth living below the poverty line in DC. Communities in Schools steps in where the need is greatest, working in fourteen schools where 96% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Highly-trained, full-time site coordinators develop comprehensive drop-out prevention plans, coordinated with school staff, families, and community partners to fully support the “ABCs” of attendance, behavior, and coursework. Activities like college tours, field trips, career fairs, and community service projects are offered to all. Meanwhile, those most vulnerable to dropping out – teen mothers, homeless youth, foster children – receive targeted case management to meet personal needs and achieve academic goals. And it works. Last year, 100% of eligible seniors in CIS schools graduated, and DCPS is now one of the fastest improving districts in the nation. Saving our city’s young people is something we can do together.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Cardozo Education Campus; Moten Elementary School; King Elementary School; Hart Middle School; Johnson Middle School; JO Wilson Elementary School; Stuart Hobson Middle School

  • Number of children we prepare for success in school annually:   3,300
  • High school graduation rate (or GED completion rate) of your students:   86%
  • Percent of case-managed students that were promoted:   96%
  • Percent of case-managed students that improved attendance:   85%
  • Number of volunteers who work with us annually:   152

Awards & Recognition

2008-09 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington
Guidestar Platinum


  • Dropout-Prevention Program Sees to The Basics of Life
    Mon Dec 10 2007  
    Andrill Harris, dropout prevention coordinator at the Patricia R. Harris Education Center, knew what to do. She set up a food-bank delivery. For another parent in a tight spot, Harris found subsidized housing. The two families had a total of five children at the school. All, with help from Harris, were spared at least some of the stress that makes it hard for some inner-city students to concentrate on reading and math, hard even to stay in school.

Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Communities In Schools of the Nation's Capital is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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