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Communities In Schools of Douglas County, Inc. (CISDC) operates in collaboration with the Douglas County School System who serves as its fiscal agent. Unlike other CIS affiliates around the state who are community organizations, CISDC was initiated by the school system in 1996 and is integrated as a part of the district.

Communities In Schools of Douglas County. Inc., a dropout prevention program, has achieved National Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with all Communities In Schools Total Quality System (TQS) standards.

The TQS standards define expectations for effective non-profit business practices and for implementing the Communities In Schools model of integrated student support services at school sites. The site standards are based on a five-year, longitudinal national evaluation conducted by an independent, outside evaluator that documented the impact of the Communities In Schools model. The evaluation revealed that schools implementing the Communities In Schools model with high fidelity had higher graduation rates, lower dropout rates, and performed better than comparison schools in increasing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding math and reading proficiency in 4th predictor of high school graduation

Communities in Schools is nationally known as a dropout prevention organization focusing on the "Five Basics" that believes every child needs and deserves:
1) A personal, one-on-one relationship with a caring adult;
2) A safe place to learn and grow;
3) A healthy start and a healthy future;
4) A marketable skill to use upon graduation; and
5) A chance to give back to peers and community


The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.


  • To provide additional instructional support and services to enhance the academic achievement of all learners.

  • To coordinate services among programs and communicate information and implement available program and services for parents, negated, and migratory, and homeless students.


  • Reduce the number of dropouts;

  • Improve school attendance;

  • Enhance personal, educational, and social development;

  • Improve self-esteem of students;

  • Improve job readiness skills;

  • Coordinate timely and integrated delivery of services to youth and their families within the educational settings.

Program Initiatives: (Please see drop down on the right side of this page for detailed program information)
*21st CCLC Grant - After School Program
Character Education
*School Based Healthcare
*Performance Learning Center
*REACH Scholarship Program

Mitzi W. Teal, Executive Director
Phone: 770-651-2039

 Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1077
Douglasville, GA 30134

Physical Address:
11490 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Douglasville, GA 30134

Board Chairperson: Ashley Kinnard, Community Relations Manager for Greystone Power

State and National Affiliates:
Communities in Schools of Georgia
Communities in Schools - National Office
Douglas CORE - Family Connections:
Douglas County School System - Resources

990 FY2019 990 ending 6.30.2020.pdf
990 FY2021 990 ending 6.30.2021
990 FY22 990 ( July 2021-June 2022)


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