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Communities in Schools Chicago

  • Communities in Schools Chicago
  • 815 W Van Buren St #300
  • Chicago, IL 60607
  • (312) 829-2475
  • 1987
  • Bart St. John
  • Director of Programs
  • (312) 829-2475

Program Description

At Communities In Schools of Chicago, our goal is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

More than 85 percent of Chicago public school students come from low-income homes. Many students lack access to the resources and supports that help them succeed academically. Communities In Schools of Chicago offers a solution by connecting students and their families with free programs and services that address students' unmet needs. These can range from physicals and immunizations and theater performances, to violence prevention education and mental health care.

This school year, Communities In Schools of Chicago is celebrating our 25th anniversary. Since our start in 1988, we have supported more than 735,000 students and connected more than 14,800 services. While those benchmarks are something to celebrate, we also know that now is a time to re-dedicate. There is a lot more work for us to do, and many more students who need help. This school year, we plan to impact more than 73,000 students through relationships with one-quarter of all Chicago public schools.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 70245
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%