Our Story

Communities In Schools of Jacksonville (CIS) was incorporated in 1989 in response to a school dropout prevention study conducted by the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. (JCCI). Communities In Schools first appeared in Duval County Public Schools in 1990 serving 50 students at Jefferson Davis Junior High School, a school which had one of the highest dropout rates in Duval County.

Over the next several years, Communities In Schools expanded its reach to many other schools. In 1996, Communities In Schools became the first local program in Florida to achieve a chartered status. In 1998, Communities In Schools was chosen to operate the first four afterschool programs which are now known as TEAM UP. In 1999, the DUVAL READS literacy program started with ten members in five elementary schools. From 2000-2005, Communities In Schools grew and expanded its services to 48 schools and 4,000 students in Duval County. It also received awards such as the very first Family Literacy Grant in Jacksonville and recognition from Worth Magazine as one its “Top Ten Worthwhile Charitable Organizations Most Likely to Change the World.”

By 2006, Communities In Schools DUVAL READS program was recognized as the largest and most successful of its kind in Florida with 82% of students improving overall. In 2007, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville became the largest CIS affiliate in the state of Florida and the fourth largest in the country. In 2009, Communities In Schools grew to expand its services to more than 6,600 students in Duval County Schools.

Communities In Schools is preparing to celebrate 25 years of service to the students in Duval County.  We are serving more than 6,900 students in 37 Duval County Public Schools. It has already impacted the lives of thousands of students in Duval County through its  after school, literacy and case management programs and continues to do so every day.