our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
At CIS HOT, our vision is that every student in the Heart of Texas receives the support he or she needs in order to develop the emotional, social, and learning skills required to graduate high school ready for meaningful employment or higher education. We do this by collectively working with the community to bring in resources and help students succeed inside and outside of the classroom.
CIS HOT is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, the nation's leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. Working directly in more than 2,300 low-income schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves 1.5 million students who are at risk of dropping out and successfully helps 99% of our case-managed students stay in school.
At Communities In Schools, everything we do is guided by the "Five Basics" which are a set of essentials every child needs and deserves.
- A personal, one-on-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
Struggling students and their families have difficulty navigating the maze of private and public services. Although there may be resources in the community, rarely is there someone on the ground to connect these resources with schools and students that need them most. Through a school-based coordinator, CIS brings community resources into schools to improve success for all students by removing barriers from vulnerable students at risk of dropping out, keeping kids in schools and on the path to graduation and leveraging evidence, relationships and local resources to drive results.