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Communities in Schools Central Ohio

  • Communities in Schools Central Ohio
  • 510 East North Broadway
  • Columbus, OH 43214
  • (614) 268-2472 x22

Program Description

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation's leading community-based drop-out prevention organization helping kids stay in school and graduate. Operating in nearly 3,000 schools in 28 states, CIS provides access to community services to nearly two million kids every year.

Communities In Schools of Central Ohio has been making a difference in the lives of students and schools since 1993. Our evidence-based approach, adapted to meet each community's unique needs, is the basis for our success. Many children face challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Through a school-based site coordinator, Communities In Schools strategically aligns and delivers needed resources so that students can focus on learning.

Success Stories

Marquan is the oldest of seven children and is responsible for most of the caretaking that happens at home. He understands that his younger siblings are looking up to him. He says he has no choice but to graduate high school and take his education to the next level, as he is paving the way for his family. He feels obligated to set the bar higher for his younger siblings. Marquawn says many of his peers were getting into trouble, cutting classes. He chose a different route, and credits Ms. Poulson, his site coordinator, with opening his eyes and helping him in ways he didn't know he needed. She worked with him to help him focus on school and planted the idea that college was possible and an attainable option for him. Now Marquawn believes he can go to college, has the scholarships to do so and looks forward to his future.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 17%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 44%
  • African American: 34%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 8279
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Between 50% and 75%