The Nashville Affiliate of Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CISTN) launched its efforts in school year 2012-13 and today serves over 2,700 students in seven Nashville schools. CISTN is a part of the National Communities In Schools (CIS) network, known as the leading and most effective dropout prevention organization in America, and the only such organization that is proven to decrease the dropout rate and increase on-time graduation rates. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
The barriers that keep students from staying in school and graduating are numerous and widespread. They may be hungry, lack parental involvement, be homeless, go without proper clothing and live in neighborhoods where there is violence, drugs and gangs. Students with unmet needs have a hard time learning which is why CISTN, in partnership with the Metro Nashville Public School District, works to establish relationships with local resources - such as businesses, social service agencies, healthcare providers and caregiver and volunteer organizations - to provide and broker daily school-based interventions to students in grades K–11 to address academic failure, truancy, behavioral issues, social service needs and more.