A new year will bring new changes for Communities In Schools of Richmond. We are excited to expand our presence in Henrico County and will kick start our efforts at Highland Springs High School in January.

The CIS-R Strategic Plan calls for a pipeline for success, creating a safety-net for kids from kindergarten through graduation. With robust programming and support at Highland Springs Elementary and Fairfield Middle, Highland Springs HS is the next step in the pipeline feeder pattern.

IMG_0632“Highland Springs High School has a student population of 1,700, so we have put careful thought into how to roll out the CIS model there” CIS of Richmond President, Harold Fitrer says of the partnership.

We will begin with one site coordinator who will focus support and resources for the 9th grade class. Many of those 9th graders are students who have been with us at Fairfield Middle, allowing us to extend our efforts to keep them on course for graduation.

Dr. Patrick Kinlaw, Superintendent Henrico County Public Schools, is eager to see the CIS model grow in his district. ­­­­­­­­­­­“While students’ circumstances may vary their capacity for excellence is constant. Having a CIS site coordinator in any school is an asset. At Highland Springs High School, CIS will partner with parents, students and staff to ensure that students have the necessary support to be successful.   CIS will assist students in setting and realizing goals related to academics, attendance, and behavior,” Dr. Kinlaw shared.

Our launch at Highland Springs High is an important step in developing key relationships with community partners, families and students in Henrico. As students make the transition to high school, a CIS of Richmond Site Coordinator will be at Highland Springs High to continue connecting them to success.