”School is the place where all the issues in the city converge. In addition to education, we have to take care of health and wellness and the environment. That’s a tall order for schools themselves.”

Chancellor Kaya Henderson

“The headwinds of poverty are blowing stronger than ever, holding more and more young people back from achieving in school and moving into a fully self-sufficient life.”


2014–15 School Year Highlights

2,231 students in 5 schools received Integrated Student Support services

90% of seniors receiving targeted and sustained services graduated.

85% of the students in grades K–11 who received targeted and sustained services  were promoted to the next grade.

About Us

At Communities In School, we work with everyone to change the picture of education for over 3,000 kids in the District of Columbia every year. We do this by:

Keeping kids in school

Doing whatever it takes to eliminate barriers

Never giving up, on anyone

The Five Basics

Every Child Needs and Deserves

  1. A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
  2. A safe place to learn and grow
  3. A healthy start and a healthy future
  4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation
  5. A chance to give back to peers and community

Our Impact

Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of school. What that means is every 26 seconds, a student in America loses his or her path to a better future. By helping students stay in school and succeed in life, we are building a stronger America, where every person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential. After all, each child is our child, and our collective future.

Featured Video

Communities In Schools is making a difference in the lives of 1.25 million children each year. Watch our video to hear directly from the students and Communities In Schools staff who work together to ensure that staying in school and achieving in life is a reality.