About Us

Communities In Schools of Jacksonville is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization (EIN # 59-3027895). Communities In Schools has kept students on track for graduation for almost 30 years. We serve over 7,500 struggling students in Duval County Public Schools every day by utilizing the power of positive adult role models and surrounding them with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Our programs impact struggling students through case management, literacy tutoring and after-school programs.  We work together with school administration, teachers, parents and neighborhood partners – other nonprofits, local government, businesses, and civic organizations – to keep students successfully in school. Our goal is to help students become successful adults who are able to contribute positively to our Duval County community. 

It originated from a key recommendation included in a school dropout prevention study by the Jacksonville Community Council Inc. Our program first appeared in Duval County Public Schools in 1990, serving 50 students at Jefferson Davis Junior High School—a school that had one of the highest dropout rates in Duval County.

During the next several years, our nonprofit expanded its reach to many other schools. In 1996, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville became the first local program in Florida to achieve a chartered status through the Communities In Schools national network. In 1998, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville was chosen to operate the first four after-school programs that are now known as Communities In Schools Afterschool Program. In 1999, the DUVAL READS literacy program started with 10 members in five elementary schools.

Between 2000 and 2005, Communities In Schools of Jacksonville grew and expanded its services to 48 schools and 4,000 students. It also received awards such as the very first Family Literacy Grant in Jacksonville and recognition from Worth Magazine as one of its Top Ten Worthwhile Charitable Organizations Most Likely to Change the World.

By 2006, our DUVAL READS program was recognized as the largest and most successful of its kind in Florida with 89 percent of students improving their reading level each year. 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, our organization grew to expand its services to more than 6,600 students in Duval County Public Schools. in 2019, our organization is proud to serve more than 7,500 students. 

“A comprehensive study confirms Communities In Schools as one of the most effective dropout prevention organizations in the country.”