Communities in Schools of Auburn


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.

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Website:http://auburn.ciswa.org
Address:502 4th Street NE
Auburn, WA 98002
Email:director@cisauburn.org
Phone Number:253-288-7659
EIN:91-1289035
At Communities In Schools of Auburn, we work hand in hand with schools, communities and families to surround our students with a caring network of support. Communities In Schools trains and places site coordinators into schools. Once there, our job is to connect students and their families to basic and critical support tailored to each student's specific needs that address both academic and non-academic barriers to learning.

How We Do What We Do:
We help students in need throughout Auburn and have more intensive support provided by our site coordinator staff at five elementary schools and all four middle schools.
In 2015-2016:
 - 3,772 students in need received support. Of those students, 436 participated in a weekend feeding program in partnership with the Food Bank, 225 benefited from direct purchases and all 3,772 benefited from over $55,000 in school supplies, clothing, grooming aids and other donations we distributed.
 - 560 students received case managed support. 73%of these students made academic gains and/or improved attendance.
 - 270 students received tutoring support from a combination of community volunteers, peer tutors and our site coordinators. 54 students from high school to upper elementary participated in service learning opportunities, tutoring younger students.
 - Volunteers logged 4,660 hours helping Auburn students.
 - 5825 students at our five elementary and four middle school focus sites, received books, curriculum materials, career exploration and more widely available support.

Why Does the Communities In Schools Model Work?
 - Multiple interventions designed around students needing additional support. Students facing challenges in their personal lives often start their school career with an achievement gap, just getting them food or clothing will not bring them up to grade level. Our programs provide opportunities for both social and academic support.
 - Whole school and individual support. When there is support to promote a positive school culture (like the middle school career conference) that is combined with targeted interventions for at risk students, that is when the highest outcomes are achieved.
 - We check on kids to make sure the support is working. Site coordinators create individualized case plans for targeted students that are monitored and adjusted as needed.