Our Impact

DROP-OUTS COST COMMUNITIES MORE 
THAN A PLANT CLOSING EVERY YEAR!

OUR NATIONAL DROP-OUT EPIDEMIC
Every year 1.2 million students drop out of school. What that means is every twenty-six seconds, a student in America loses his or her path to a better future. By empowering students to achieve in school and life, we are building a stronger America, where every person is capable of reaching his or her greatest potential.


IN WALTON COUNTY

In 2016, schools across Walton County posted the highest graduation rates in their history, increasing more than 25 points  since 2003. The efforts of students, teachers, parents, administrators and school board members are to be commended for this extraordinary achievement.  


Community leaders now must also accept their responsibility in helping this trend continue, because even at this historic rate, nearly one of every five students who enter the 9th grade in Walton County does not graduate with his or her class four years later.   The economic impact of the drop-out crisis locally is more than $33 million per year.  That’s the equivalent of the closing of a manufacturing plant that employs 90 people - every year.


SCHOOLS CAN'T DO IT ALONE
Communities In Schools partners with the local school districts to implement many innovative programs that help students succeed.  Academic programs like extra tutoring and credit recovery give students opportunities to stay on track to graduate on time.  Many students still need extra support in basic needs, college access, workforce preparation, motivation, attendance and discipline.  That's where CIS comes in with school-wide programs and one-on-one support to help students take full advantage of their educational opportunities. 


ADDRESSING NON-ACADEMIC NEEDS 
TO HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED!