Our Mission

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

About Our Network

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Our statewide affiliate network serves 81,009 Washington students. Find out more about your nearest CIS affiliate below:

  1. CIS of Washington State Office (you are on this page now)
  2. CIS of Federal Way-Highline
  3. CIS of Kent
  4. CIS of Seattle
  5. CIS of Renton-Tukwila (also serving Lake Washington)
  6. CIS of Lakewood
  7. CIS of Peninsula
  8. CIS of Tacoma
  9. CIS of Puyallup
  10. CIS of Spokane County (serving Central Valley, Cheney, Lumen Charter School, Medical Lake, and Spokane districts)
  11. CIS of Benton-Franklin (serving Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, Prosser, and Finley districts)
  12. CIS of North Central Washington (serving Orondo, Waterville, and Moses Lake districts)
  13. CIS of Whatcom-Skagit (serving Bellingham, Mount Vernon, and Ferndale districts)
  14. CIS of Central Washington (serving Yakima School District)
  15. CIS of the Blue Mountain Region (serving Walla Walla Public Schools)
  16. CIS of Rural Eastern Washington (serving Curlew, Republic, Northport, Lind-Ritzville, Asotin-Anatone, and Mary Walker districts)

Why We Exist

For students we serve, barriers to success can look like many things. Students may have unmet basic needs, be marginalized at school, or need support navigating a maze of public and private resources. At Communities In Schools, we are resource navigators, youth advocates, and community organizers. We are here to break down barriers so that all students can write their own version of a success story.

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What We Do

We help make sure that every student, regardless of race, gender, ability, zip code, or socioeconomic background has what they need to unlock their full potential in school and beyond. We walk by their side to challenge the systems and barriers that stand between them and their success in life.

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How We Do It

Working directly in 192 schools in Washington, our evidence-based model connects students to caring adults and community resources to transform how they see and experience the world around them. By surrounding them with a network of trust they can turn to no matter where they are in their journey, we empower students to confront and overcome personal challenges and structural barriers—so they can take charge of the future they want for themselves, their communities and each other.

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

Making a Difference

Across the state, our 3499 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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