CIS of Charleston was established in 1989, following a study by Johns Hopkins University in Maryland that advised the Charleston County School District to implement dropout prevention programs. In a 1990 partnership with the Charleston County School District CIS established the Septima P. Clark Corporate Academy, Charleston County’s first alternative high school. The Clark Academy offered a low student/teacher ratio and a comprehensive support staff for students who have previously not excelled in the traditional school setting. America’s Promise has recognized the academy as one of America’s Schools of Promise.
The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students
with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school
and achieve in life.
Now celebrating its 27th year, CIS of Charleston has grown to serve nearly 12,000 students in 25 Charleston and Berkeley County Schools, using an evidenced-based comprehensive approach to bring community services to students, their families, and schools. The organization continues to hold an accredited status with its national organization, which oversees 164 affiliates in 25 states across the country.
Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area
1090 E. Montague Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29405