Communities In Schools

Heart of Texas

The mission of Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS believes that transformative relationships are key to unlocking a student’s potential. Their school-based staff team works inside schools in partnership with teachers and parents to help address both the academic and non-academic needs of students. CIS coordinates with schools and local service providers to meet the needs of students and families, as well as providing and brokering critical resources, like food, housing, healthcare, counseling, access to remote technology, and more so that students and educators can focus on academics. By identifying the points of challenge for students in their personal lives, CIS staff help to empower students to move beyond the barriers they face in the school building and in the community. CIS is also a provider of robust workforce development and career coaching services for youth and young adults, bridging the gap between school-based supports and post-secondary opportunities and exploration.
For over three decades, CIS of the Heart of Texas has demonstrated measurable success in student outcomes. During the most recent school year, 99.9 percent of students enrolled in CIS of the Heart of Texas’s programs remained in school, with 98.8 percent of K-11 students being promoted to the next grade, and 96.2 percent of seniors graduating or receiving a GED. CIS believes that every child needs and deserves a personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe space to learn and grow, a healthy start and a healthy future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the community.
In 2022, CIS received an unprecedented gift of $2 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. In a time when a global pandemic has created unparalleled challenges for students and families, including experiences of social isolation, economic crisis, stress, and trauma, this investment has emboldened CIS to continue looking for ways to expand the impact of its mission. To join in building sustainable systems of support for students and families in Waco and surrounding communities, please donate to or contact CIS through their website.

Communities In Schools

1001 Washington Avenue