Our Mission

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Children and youth deserve a caring community that empowers them to achieve their goals in the classroom and beyond. In order to do so, racism and other inequalities in our educational system and society must be acknowledged and addressed. The Communities In Schools of Washington network exists to build on student strengths and overcome systemic barriers through advocacy, partnerships and individualized social-emotional supports.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement from the Washington Network of Communities In Schools

Support Students and Families in Your Community

While students are in the process of returning to school buildings, our statewide CIS network is committed to walking beside them. Whether our network is addressing digital equity issues, basic needs in the community, or helping families navigate resources, we are going ALL IN for kids, every day, no matter what!

Map of WA state affiliate network locations

Click the links below to visit each affiliate’s page, where you can find out more about how CIS is supporting local communities:

  1. CIS of Washington State Office (you are on this page now)
  2. CIS of Federal Way (also serving Highline Public Schools)
  3. CIS of Kent
  4. CIS of Seattle
  5. CIS of Renton-Tukwila
  6. CIS of Lakewood
  7. CIS of Peninsula (serving Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula)
  8. CIS of Tacoma
  9. CIS of Puyallup
  10. CIS of Spokane County
  11. CIS of Benton-Franklin (serving Tri-Cities & Prosser)
  12. CIS of North Central Washington (serving Orondo and Waterville)
  13. CIS of Whatcom-Skagit (serving Bellingham, Mt. Vernon & surrounding areas)

The Problem

Thousands of kids across the state carry adult-sized burdens to school every day: unmet basic needs, homelessness, bullying, systemic racism, the emotional effects of trauma, untreated medical conditions, language barriers, learning disabilities.

Local communities may have ample resources to address these challenges, but students and families may have a hard time accessing and navigating the maze of public and private services.

5 laughing students with arms around each other

How We Help Students

Communities In Schools of Washington is dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside 110 schools in Washington, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed.

In partnership with local communities, we do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.

Making a Difference

Across the state, our 4537 case-managed students show outstanding progress towards their personal goals.

  • 98%
    Stayed in School
  • 82%
    Improved Attendance
  • 93%
    Improved Behavior
  • 89%
    Improved Coursework

* Outcomes reflect data from last school year

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