Communities in Schools of Northern Virginia

EIN: 46-3063331

Mission Statement

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

Program Summary

CIS of NOVA helps students succeed by removing roadblocks, and providing students with the resources, supports and opportunities they need to thrive. Our model of Integrated Student Supports focuses on academics, attendance, behavior/social emotional and family engagement, providing programming at three levels: school wide, targeted small groups and individual student support.  

Based on the annual needs assessment we conduct in each school community, CIS of NOVA currently provides programming such as:

  • Welcome events for newly arrived students and families
  • Family engagement programs on tech literacy, ESL and literacy classes for parents
  • Monthly mobile food market offering fresh produce and non perishable staples
  • Career/college planning and support
  • Student internships
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Affinity groups for newcomers, EL learners, STEM, Leadership, Social Emotional support, Nature club, Sports
  • Homework Help
  • Individual student counseling and support
  • Basic needs support for all students: school supplies, clothing, shoes, outerwear, food, hygiene products

Impact Statement

At CIS of NOVA, we amplify the power of each student’s potential by connecting them to caring adults and community resources. Our professionally trained site coordinators are in school all day, every day.  We build a network of partners, including businesses, volunteers, social service agencies, health care providers, community foundations and educators that help our students stay focused today, so they can go further tomorrow. Student success lasts a lifetime.  In 2022/2023:

  • CIS NOVA provided basic needs support to over 28,000 students in Arlington and Alexandria.
  • CIS NOVA served 13,000 students across 10 schools in Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax.
  • CIS NOVA provided one on one case management support to 541 students.
  • 88% of our students met their academic goal.
  • 77% of our students met their attendance goal.
  • 93% of our students met their social emotional goal.
  • 100% of our students met their behavioral goal.
  • 100% of our students met their college/career goal.
  • 75% of our graduating seniors planned to continue their post secondary education. 

What ways can the public get involved?

With your help, we can serve more students!  Your donation allows CIS of NOVA to connect more students to a caring adult, who can help them access the resources they need to thrive.  

We also welcome volunteers to share their expertise, either one day, or on an ongoing basis during the school year.

How are charitable dollars spent? Where does my donation go?

We’re all in this together! Your generous donation helps students stay on the path to success by providing access to food, health care, emotional support, tutoring and other resources they need to feel safe and supported.

May 24, 2023, (Rodney Choice/Choice Photography/

Information provided February 2024