Who We Are

CIS Co-founders (l-r) Neil Shorthouse, Bill Milliken and the late David Lewis
Communities In Schools started in Georgia and is now the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, serving just over 1.5 million youth in 25 states. CIS of Walton was chartered in 1999 and serves schools in the Walton County and Social Circle public school districts.

Our Mission
Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The nation-wide network of nonprofit organizations focuses on improving student and school success by providing needed support and services to students and schools. 

Our goal is to support youth, improve graduation rates, academic achievement and job and post-secondary school readiness.

Communities In Schools believes that programs don’t change kids, relationships do. Our philosophy is embedded in the CIS Five Basics for Kids©, which focus on building a supportive environment for children and youth to help them thrive and be successful.


Communities In Schools, an independent nonprofit corporation focused on school success and dropout prevention, has its roots in Georgia. In the early 70’s, Bill Milliken, Neil Shorthouse and David Lewis established Cities In Schools in Atlanta as a private/public partnership to help urban kids graduate from high school and plan successful futures. Years later the name was changed to Communities In Schools (CIS).

Communities In Schools of Walton County operates at the invitation of the local school districts and currently provides non-academic support to improve student success in several school sites in Walton County:

  • Loganville High SchoolMonroe Area High School
  • Walnut Grove High School
  • Carver Middle SchoolLoganville Middle SchoolYouth Middle School
  • Social Circle Elementary School
  • Social Circle Middle School
  • Social Circle High School