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Communities in Schools of Rowan County

Listing Last Update: February 15, 2017

Location

204 East Innes Street
Suite 240
Salisbury, NC 28144
www.cisrowan.org

Primary Contact

Ron Turbyfill

(704) 797-0210

ron@cisrowan.org

Educational services

  • Reading and writing
  • Find a family literacy program
  • To help my child learn
  • Math
  • Volunteer at a Program

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Family literacy program

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Program Overview

Communities in Schools is the nation's leading dropout prevention organization. The mission of Communities in Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and succeed in life.

Communities in Schools of Rowan County was founded in 1999.

Communities in Schools of Rowan County (CIS Rowan) places full-time Student Support Specialists in schools impacted by poverty and low student performance. Together with teachers, parents, support staff, and administrators, our Student Support Specialists design supports and interventions leading to improvement in four essential areas: attendance, behavior, coursework, and parental involvement.

Supports and interventions are research and/or evidence based and typically enlist the support of community volunteers. Our staff trains community volunteers to become tutors and mentors that augment the work of classroom teachers.

Through the generosity of a local donor, CIS Rowan is able to provide mobile hotspots to students who do not have internet access at their home. This allows students to complete homework assignments on their school-issued iPads.

Our supports and interventions are designed in three tiers. Tier 1 supports are available to the entire student body at a school. Tier 2 and 3 interventions are targeted at the lowest performing 10% of the student body. With parent permission, these students become case managed with individual student plans collaboratively created to meet student needs in attendance, behavior, coursework, and/or parent involvement.

Each case managed student has goals for success matched with appropriate metrics to indicate growth. The data for the work of Student Support Specialists is kept in a data management system so that student plans are monitored and improved as needed.

Mission Statement

The mission of Communities in Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and succeed in life.

Hours of operation: M-F 8:00am-4:00pm

Cost info: Our programming is free to students in our schools. Our funding is based on grants, donations, United Way, and local school system financial support.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Communities in Schools of Rowan County is proud to fund college scholarships each year. To date, five CIS Rowan graduates have been accepted to attend Appalachian State University, Gardner-Webb University, The University of NC at Chapel Hill, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

CIS Rowan currently serves five elementary and two middle schools in Rowan Salisbury Schools. The schools are all eligible for Title 1 funding, a Federal designation of significant impact of poverty in schools.

In total, CIS Rowan serves approximately 3,430 students with Tier 1 supports and 343 students with Tier 2 and 3 supports.

Our schools are composed of between 65% - 87% minority students. All schools qualify 100% for free/reduced lunch.

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Program Status:
Active