For too many children, challenges outside the classroom –
like hunger, poor health, or trauma at home or in their community –
can stand in the way of success inside the classroom.
Communities In Schools of New Mexico (CIS)
We are a community school strategy designed to support the whole child, whole family and whole school. Working in public schools in Santa Fe
and Rio Arriba Counties, Communities In Schools is dedicated to
the academic and life success of every child in New Mexico.
Our mission is to surround students with a community of support,
empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.


Today, CIS of New Mexico is working in

11 public schools


(preK - 12th grade), serving over

6,000 students 

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What is a Community School?

Community schools focus on building strong relationships with students and families and lasting partnerships with youth- and family-serving organizations to leverage the community assets that support school-wide improvement in academics, attendance, basic needs, family engagement, and social-emotional wellness. 


Communities In Schools follows a set of community school principles developed by the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) whose years of education research have found that community schools can positively transform schools and students' education success. Click here to learn more about how CIS integrates the LPI's Four Pillars of a Community School.

“Research conducted by the National Education Policy Center and the Learning Policy Institute has shown that the Communities In Schools model has a positive impact on both short and long term student success indicators. Schools that have implemented the CIS model with fidelity have seen improvements in academic achievement, student attendance, student behavior, school culture and climate, and quality family engagement.”

Oakes, J., Maier, A., & Daniel, J. (2017). Community Schools: An Evidence-Based Strategy for Equitable School 3Improvement. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. Retrieved August 21st, 2019 from 


Your generous gift brings whole-child

support to underserved students.


"CIS support allows teachers

to focus on teaching and learning.

As a school principal, this program

is the one I never want to be without!

CIS makes a difference."

Tina Morris, Aspen Community School, April 2021