About Us

Who We Are


For 30 years, Communities In Schools of Wake County (CIS Wake) has worked to ensure a positive impact on students and families in Wake County. We’ve partnered with Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), the state’s largest school district, as well as with area charter schools to improve students’ academic performance. CIS Wake also partners with Raleigh Housing Authority serving students and families who live in Raleigh Housing Authority communities across the county. We are part of the CIS National network of 131 local affiliates serving more than 1.56 million students in 25 states. (More Info…)

Our Pact for Impact

We recognize the unique, varied experiences of our students, staff, and community. We believe in the amplification of ALL voices and foster an inclusive environment where people who represent diverse backgrounds or identities can feel free, welcomed, and valued. We are proud to celebrate the differences that make each individual we encounter unique and continue to make a commitment to prioritizing equitable access, resources, and opportunities for the many lives whom we impact.

Our Vision

Communities In Schools of Wake County (CIS Wake) helps schools remove the barriers that put students at risk of wasting their potential.

Our Mission

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

Our Approach

We provide individualized case management that tracks and increases student performance in attendance, behavior, and course work.

Our Values

We believe that every student deserves:

  1. A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult (academic coaches, mentors, volunteers, tutors)
  2. A safe place to learn and grow (in-school and after-school tutorial programs)
  3. A healthy start and a healthy future (proper nutrition and positive reinforcement)
  4. A chance to give back to peers and the community (community service opportunities)
  5. A marketable skill to use upon graduation (professional and leadership development).

What We Do

In Schools

Communities In Schools of Wake County works with students in schools across Wake County to impact overall school goals. Evidence shows that attendance, behavior, coursework, and parent & family engagement are indicators of student success.


In Communities

Learning centers are facilities within Raleigh Housing Authority communities dedicated to providing out-of-school time support to K-12 students.


Who We Serve

Our Families

Our families are often more than just a mom, dad, grandmother and/or siblings. They are typically made of caregivers and family systems seeking support to make sure their child can be successful in school, at home, and in life.  Families leverage our support to overcome challenges stemming from lack of access to resources, language barriers, poverty and additional circumstances and systems beyond their control.

Our Students

Every student in every school or community that we support is viewed as “our” student. CIS Wake students are typically ordinary students that may be faced with extra-ordinary barriers to success.  Our students represent a diverse range of ages, grades, achievement levels, socio-economic status, and racial/ethnic backgrounds. No two students are alike, and no two stories are the same.  The common denominator amongst CIS Wake students is the ability to achieve.




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