• Our Mission:

    To surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
  • We believe every child needs and deserves:

    • A one-to-one relationship with a caring adult

    • A safe place to learn and grow

    • A healthy start and a healthy future

    • A marketable skill to use upon graduation

    • A chance to give back to peers and community

  • Who We Are

    Communities In Schools, Inc. is the nation’s leading dropout prevention program. From modest beginnings in Atlanta, GA the program has expanded to reach over 1,314 million students, in 2,200 different sites located in 29 states, and managed by 187 network affiliate organizations. It’s an incredible story filled with positive impact, but driving that success are people and communities invested in inspiring and preparing their youth to own their future.

    Since 1996, Communities In Schools Augusta Richmond County, Inc. has been a vibrant and independent nonprofit organization governed by a local board of directors dedicated to surrounding public school students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through an intensive collaboration in both public and private sectors and in partnership with the Richmond County School System,  Communities In Schools  works to bring community resources to students, their families, schools and teachers to help eliminate barriers to student  achievement and school success.

  • What We Do

    The Communities In Schools unique model of integrated services positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. We partner with local schools, businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and community volunteers. Whether it’s school supplies, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools is there to help.

    What We Believe

    We believe that we must help to create a culture of success and  expectation that every student–no matter the personal circumstance–can and deserves the opportunity to be engaged, motivated and prepared to have a viable 21st century career path.

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  • Our Model of Support

    The Communities In Schools Model of Integrated Student Support has proven to be an effective solution for many students and schools struggling with large numbers of disadvantaged students and high drop-out rates.
  • Why we care

    • We know that education is key to future success
    • We know that our community schools need additional resources and support
    • We know children must be inspired, encouraged and prepared to become successful adults
    • We care because children are our future!

    As parents and as a community we want our young people to be successful in school and to become independent, contributing members of society when they come of age.  But many young people, for a variety of reasons never graduate from high school.

    Did you know that every 26 seconds during the school year a child drops out of school to an uncertain future?

    Graduation in Georgia 

    More than 20,000 students drop out of high school in Georgia each year.  Maybe you think that does not affect you.  Consider this…. 

    • Studies show  86% of Georgia prisoners have a high school diploma or less, costing our state nearly $800 million each year in prison costs.
    • Nearly 64 cents of every dollar our state spends on public assistance goes to Georgians who have a high school diploma or less. 
    • More than half of Georgia’s children are living in households where no one finished high school and lives in poverty.  

    Richmond County

    • The Richmond County School System is the 12th largest one in Georgia with 56 schools and 31,431 students.

    • Within the school system 96.8% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Average household income is $36,944, trailing behind the state average of $49,179.  

    • According to the U.S. Census 45.5% of children in Augusta live in poverty. 

    • Academically some Richmond County schools are really struggling. Lexile reading scores indicate that academic issues begin early for some of its poorest students and that serious reading support efforts are critical.  Over one fourth of the system’s elementary schools were in the lowest performing 10% of schools in the state. 

    • In some very good news, graduation rates were up in 2015 for Richmond County, but community investment and support of our schools is needed more than ever to insure continued improvement.


  • Communities In Schools Student Impact

    School Year 2015-2016 – 4 Schools :: 2,068 students

    Case Management :: 163 Students

    Basic Needs :: 132 Students

    Small Group Tutoring :: 40 Students

    Small Group Reading Support :: 56 Students

    After-School Robotics :: 30 Students

    Enrichment Programming :: 1,030 Students

    After-School STEM Club :: 26 Students

    Classroom Reading :: 46 Students

    Other Services :: 9 Students


    Small Group Reading Program :: 86% Students Improved Reading Scores

    Case Managed Students :: 72% Improved Academic Scores

    Case Managed Students :: 75% Improved Overall School Behavior

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  • How To Help

    “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” - Winston S. Churchill
    • Donate

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    Please send your gift to:
    Communities In Schools
    Augusta Richmond County
    P.O. Box 1604
    Augusta, GA  30903

    • Make a Gift

    In-Kind gifts: We always need gifts of school supplies – please contact us for a list.

    • Volunteer

    We consider Volunteers to be critical partners in our success.  Contact us for more information!

    • Mentors (grades 6-12)
    • Tutors (Math 6-12)
    • Special Events
    • Read to a Classroom
    • Share Knowledge

    Offer to share your knowledge and experience to a group of students. Topics range from job opportunites in the community, employer expectations, soft skills, financial literacy, wellness, legal issues, safety, and more! Contact us for more information.

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    On the local level, Communities In Schools serves as a bridge between schools and businesses, faith groups, and other nonprofit agencies, identifying and mobilizing local resources to provide a range of services to students that need them.

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    Senior Financial Advisor
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    Richmond County School System
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    Georgia Bank and Trust
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    Dean, College of Education
    Georgia Regents University
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    OBGYN Partners of Augusta
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    Implementation Manager

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    Communities In Schools
    Augusta Richmond County, Inc.
    P.O. Box 1604
    Augusta, GA 30903

    CIS Administrative Office Location
    Family Y (2nd Floor)
    3570 Wheeler Road
    Augusta, GA 30909

    Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm


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