We are excited to report that during the 2016-2017 school year, we successfully connected approximately 1,770 services and programs to more than 68,000 Chicago public school students – an accomplishment achieved in partnership with 135 schools and 200 community organizations.

CIS of Chicago placed full-time master’s level professionals, called Student Supports Managers, at seven schools to provide intensive support to students most at risk of dropout or grade failure. There were 311 students who received intensive, case-management and counseling from our seven Student Supports Managers.  Of those K-11 students, 99 percent were promoted to the next grade and 100 percent of seniors graduated high school. 

We continued to provide mental health services directly to 200 students at three Chicago public schools in the East Side neighborhood in South Chicago. Thanks to support from the Michael Reese Health Foundation, this initiative is led by a full-time, licensed mental health professional at CIS of Chicago and a network of volunteer licensed counselors.

We also provided training to dozens of our community partners, covering such topics as classroom management, program evaluation and trauma-informed teaching. The 2016-2017 school year also was marked by several school visits and events by our board of directors.


When we say that we are the dropout prevention program that works, it’s with a great deal of confidence.

A 2015 gold-standard evaluation of our work confirmed that our work positively impacts students’ course performance – two proven factors for predicting whether a student will stay on track to graduate.  This two-year study, led by Prof. David Figlio of Northwestern University, yielded diamond-hard evidence that our programs help students be successful. Specifically, our partnership program of connecting non-academic support programs and services to elementary schools improves student achievement in math and reading. Research shows these are leading indicators for high school graduation

Further, our intensive support (case management and counseling) to students is equally effective. During the 2016-2017 school year, we served 311 students deemed at-risk of dropping out; as a result, all 12th grade students graduated, and 99 percent of K-11 grade students were promoted to the next grade.

To read an executive summary of our 2015 evaluation, click here. For the full report, contact us.


This school year, CIS of Chicago will work within seven schools to provide intensive support to students most at risk of dropout or grade failure.