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

We know that this school year is going to be challenging–and our Washington CIS network is stepping up to meet those challenges, standing right next to students and families. Our local affiliates work every day with kids to address their social-emotional needs and connect them with much-needed resources and services like food and health care. You can join the power of CIS too! Please give to your local Communities In Schools affiliate today.

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Click the links below to visit each affiliate’s page, where you can donate and 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.

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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 115 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 4600 case-managed students show outstanding progress towards their personal goals.

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

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