Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization bringing coordinated, integrated student supports into public schools to meet the needs of at-risk students.  Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  To help our students achieve their greatest successes, we determine students’ needs and establish relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources.  Community resources provide the substance to our “Five Basics” model that has allowed our students to flourish over the last 35 years.

Cities In Schools of Bethlehem opened its doors in 1983 and, after name changes and expansions, became Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley in 1994.  Since then, the agency has provided site coordinators to deliver integrated student supports to schools, provide alternative education support services, implement student health initiatives, deliver career services, coordinate after-school and summer programs, and provide support services to young fathers.  Our goal continues to be the same: to stop the drop out epidemic and provide every opportunity to help  kids graduate from high school.


Communities In Schools is a proud partner of the United Way, both in the Greater Lehigh Valley and in Berks County. To learn more about the impact of the United Way, visit or