LAS VEGAS – Community Schools in Nevada (CIS), the nation’s leading evidence-based dropout prevention organization serving 92 schools with regional chapters in Clark, Elko, Humboldt and Washoe County school districts, announces that its students have achieved a 94%- high school graduation level. in the 2021-2022 school year and 99% of students from Kindergarten to Grade 11 move on to the next grade.
94% of CIS graduates are based on 453 high school students from 14 State Grade I or High Need Public Schools supervised by CIS staff. Case management is CIS’s most intensive intervention, serving students of great potential who often lack an equal opportunity to succeed due to systemic inequalities arising from race, zip code, or socioeconomic status. Of these graduate students from the CIS, 50% plan to go to college (associate or bachelor’s degree), 32% plan to join the workforce, 14% plan to get a certificate, internship or attend a vocational school, and 4% plan to go to college. join the military.
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“We thank our students for having 94% graduates in the 2021-2022 school year – an unprecedented year given that it was the first full school year since the pandemic,” said Tami Hans-Ler, CEO and State Director, Communities at schools in Nevada. “This metric really speaks to the effectiveness of our evidence-based integrated student support model and shows what we can achieve when we collectively look at the child as a whole and provide individualized support for each student.”
In the 2021-2022 school year, CIS served 75,697 students from Kindergarten to 12th grade at 81 schools across Nevada for a total of 4,795 students.
The number of CIS graduates increased by two percent compared to the previous, 2020-2021 academic year. The graduation rate of 94% is in line with the CIS record achieved in the 2018-2019 academic year. All data is carefully reviewed by the National Office of Community in Schools.
CIS is proud of its students graduating from or advancing to the next grade of high needs Title I schools where a significant proportion of students live in poverty. Students of color and those living in poverty face significant opportunity gaps, as evidenced by disaggregated graduation rates in Nevada for the 2021-2022 school year.
Compared to the state’s overall graduation rate published by the Nevada Department of Education, Nevada’s CIS graduation rate is 17.1 percentage points higher than the state average for black and African American students (85.5%), 14 percentage points higher for Hispanic and Latino students. (94.7%), 13.3 percentage points higher among mixed races (94.9%) and 11.8 percentage points higher among Caucasians (97.9%). Since the inception of CIS of Nevada in 2004, this non-profit organization has shown remarkable progress in student achievement.
CIS Site Coordinators work with schools to build constructive relationships with students, families, staff, and the wider community to provide the necessary support for the school building. The organization taps into a network of more than 120 community nonprofits, partners and agencies across the state, literally bringing the community to the school to empower students to overcome the barriers they face that prevent them from achieving academic success.
From spectacles, dental care, medical care and professional advice to food, school supplies, clothing and even housing, CIS identifies students’ needs and finds a way to meet them by closing the gaps these students face in their daily lives. The long-term vision of CIS is that every child enrolled in a Title I school or school with high needs has access to a CIS site coordinator and the organization’s evidence-based integrated student support model, also known as comprehensive services.