Educational Institutions

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF THE MIDLANDS INC

  • Columbia, SC
  • www.cism.org

Mission Statement

To Champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Guiding Good Choices
Service Areas

Self-reported

South Carolina

Richland county, South Carolina

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Terry Lea Linder

Keywords

Self-reported

education, drop out, school-based, volunteers

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Also Known As

CIS of the Midlands

EIN

57-0855391

 Number

1995762956

Physical Address

2712 Middleburg Dr.

Columiba, SC 29202

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Using level-one and level-two services at 3 area schools, as well as implementing a CIS school at the South Carolina department of Juvenile Justice.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Guiding Good Choices

A program designed to help young people connect with their family and make good choices to achive in school and life.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$20,000.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of students at or above a 90% attendance rate

Target Population
General/Unspecified

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
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Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Students will achieve in school by reaching and maintaining passing grades in classes, reducing or maintaining behavior referrals and maintaining or achieving attendance. By achieving these goals, students will be promoted on time, and graduate with a plan for their future.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
     Determine schools needing CISM support.
     Screen, hire and train a full-time on-site Success Coach on the CIS Model.
     Form a Site Team made up of administrators, teachers and community members, conduct a site assessment and create a Site Plan.
     Recruit new and existing partners to address gaps in services.
     Receive referrals for students who exhibit one or more of the Early Warning Indicators.
     Begin case management and work with community partners to provide appropriate services based on student needs.
     Coordinate services to appropriately meet school needs by recruiting volunteers and new community partners when existing resources do not meet needs.
     Monitor, evaluate and adjust services provided to individuals and the school with the Site Team on a regular basis.
     Celebrate successes of students.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The CIS Model has been shown by independent research to help students stay in school, achieve and graduate. In 2011, Communities In Schools National released the results of a comprehensive evaluation. The five-year study was led by ICF International, one of the nation’s foremost social science evaluation firms. This rigorous evaluation showed that: Communities In Schools is unique in having an effect on both reducing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates. Communities In School’s intensive case management services produce the strongest reduction in dropout rates of any existing fully scaled dropout prevention program compared to those that have been evaluated and screened by the Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse. The Communities In Schools Model is effective across states, school settings (urban, suburban, and rural), grade levels, and student ethnicities.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
     If under 1000 students within the school, 10% will receive intensive case management.
     If over 1000 students within the school, 5% of students will receive intensive case management.
     75% of students within the school will receive whole-school prevention services at least 8 times each year.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    CIS of the Midlands anticipates the following outcomes for case-managed students:

    Outcome 1:
    83% of student with attendance problems will increase attendance rates. Key measure will be the number of days a student attends.

    Outcome 2:
    90% of students with poor course achievement in core courses will achieve a passing grade. Key measure will be number of core courses successfully passed.

    Outcome 3:
    81% of students will reduce behavior and disciplinary problems.
    Key measure will be the number of referrals or suspensions decreased.

    Outcome 4:
    90% of students will be promoted on-time. Key measure will be successful promotion to the next grade level.
Service Areas

Self-reported

South Carolina

Richland county, South Carolina

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Financials

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COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF THE MIDLANDS INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF THE MIDLANDS INC

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Terry Lea Linder

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Angela English

No Affiliation

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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