Providing A Supportive Community For Students

Communities In Schools of Palm Beach County, Inc. has been providing quality service to students in the School District of Palm Beach County for over 35 years.

Knowledge is the path to making a difference

Communities In Schools of Palm Beach County, Inc. [CIS] began in 1984. It was brought to our community by Murray Goodman, President of the Goodman Corporation, who was a Community In Schools National board member. He had moved his corporate offices to this area and wanted to bring a “gift”. After a needs assessment and some discussions with both the business leaders and the school district, CIS began as a school based program at the high school level under the umbrella of Dropout Prevention.

35+ Years of History

Everything we do is guided by the "Five Basics."

Developed by our founder Bill Milliken, the Five Basics are a set of essentials that every child needs and deserves

A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult

A safe place to
learn and grow

A healthy start
and a healthy future

A marketable skill to use upon graduation

A chance to give back to peers and community

The CIS story
through data

11,850 students received CIS Services during the 2020-2021 school year.

Schools Served:
Conniston Middle School | Forest Hill Community High School | Glades Central High School | Lake Worth Middle School| Lake Worth High School |Lakeshore Middle School | Lake Worth High School| Pahokee Community High School | Palm Beach Lakes Community High School | Riviera Beach Preparatory & Achievement Academy | Royal Palm Beach Community High School | Santaluces Community High School |  

Tier 1

student services provided

Tier 1 services are widely accessible to any student requiring CISPBC services and are typically short term in duration.

Tier 2 and 3

student services provided

Tier 2 and 3 services are targeted for specific students who are enrolled in a CIS classroom initiative. These students have been identified to have risk factors such as poor academic performance and low attendance, and display behaviors that lead to dropping out of school.

Student Success Lasts a Lifetime

Student Leaders

Communities In Schools of Palm Beach County, Inc. is pleased to partner with Bank of America by hosting the students of the Bank of America Student Leaders® Program. Every year, through the Student Leaders program we help connect community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. They’re awarded paid summer internships with local nonprofits and participate in our annual Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D. C.

Eligibility Criteria

Student Leaders is an eight-week summer experience for high school juniors and seniors and includes a paid internship with a local nonprofit organization as well as the Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. 

Application Information

Applicants should have a clear interest in the crucial issues facing communities today and a strong desire to help build and sustain vibrant neighborhoods for tomorrow.

Frequently Asked Questions

CIS believes in transparency regarding the use of your generous donations. Our financial information can be found on our Financial Reports page.

CIS partners with schools all throughout Palm Beach County. Contact us to see if your child's school is one of the educational institutions we serve.

CIS works with students in grades K-12

99% of our students remained in school through the end of the 2020-21 school year, 96% of our K-11 students were promoted to the next grade, and 93% of our seniors graduated or received a GED

Surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school, and encouraging them to achieve in life.

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