Our Impact

Whether through our affiliate end-of-year reports or independent, third-party studies, the results are clear: Communities In Schools effectively delivers the human, financial and community resources to help children succeed in school.

Five-Year National Evaluation Executive Summary 

The national evaluation, conducted by ICF International, was designed to determine whether Communities In Schools has an impact on student-level and school-level outcomes. The results confirm that what Communities In Schools has been doing for the past 30 years – empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life works.

Communities In Schools Economic Impact Study

In May 2012, Communities In Schools released the results of an economic impact study conducted by EMSI, one of the nation’s leading economic modeling firms. The purpose of the study was to quantify the return on investment of Communities In Schools’ 113 high school-serving affiliates in its network to taxpayers, businesses, and students.

Among the significant findings are:

  • The average annual rate of return to society is 18.4%.

  • The benefit/cost ratio is 11.6, which means that every dollar invested in Communities In Schools creates $11.60 of economic benefit for the community.

  • High school graduates will be net contributors to their communities for an average of 44 years of their working life, using their increased income to purchase homes and cars, and paying taxes that will support police officers, firefighters and teachers.

Communities In Schools Teacher Support Survey

During case studies conducted for the Communities In Schools National Evaluation in Spring 2008, the ICF International evaluation team compiled data indicating that a Communities In Schools presence in schools improved teacher effectiveness.

Among the improvements cited in the schools surveyed were behavioral, disciplinary and academic improvement among students, and some teachers said they would not still be teaching if it were not for the support of Communities In Schools.  The survey was administered in eight states containing 78 percent of schools in the Communities In Schools network.

I can’t say enough what an amazing job you are doing with our kids. It is not an easy job by any means and you are doing some great stuff.
— Adrian High School Assistant Principal