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Communities in Schools Dallas

  • Communities in Schools Dallas
  • 1341 W. Mockingbird Lane
    Suite 1000E
  • Dallas, TX 75247
  • (214) 827-0955
  • 1985
  • Jeannea Busby
  • Field Supervisor and College, Career, Alumni Manager
  • (214) 827-0955

Program Description

Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region, Inc. (CISDR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded locally in 1985. The CIS intervention is an evidence-based best practice of the community school model, with trained staff embedded on campuses to provide daily intervention to high-need students and families. The focus is on the lack of basic needs and/or social emotional deficiencies that hinder their ability to perform in school. Once addressed, alongside behavioral issues via counseling and guidance, CISDR is able to re-direct these K-12 children towards improved attendance and academic outcomes in a coordinated, caring and cost-effective way.

In partnership with nine area school districts, CISDR is housed on a total of 66 Elementary, Middle and High School campuses to address the issues that place a child on the Texas Education Agency's statewide "at-risk" list. These indicators measure a student's potential academic success based on a series of key points in the child's history (failed standardized test, failed core subjects, limited English proficiency, etc). Many of these markers are beyond the students' control (foster care, family crisis, etc), but based on TEA metrics, it places them at a higher risk of dropping out of school, retention, and failure to complete high school in four years.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Community service/service hours
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Less than 25%