Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley is focused on helping children build the best life they can by helping them overcome obstacles. Every child is unique and requires and individualized approach in order to succeed. Whether a child needs extra academic help, a mentor, a health check-up, additional food supplies, or even employment training, Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley is there to make sure that all children get exactly what they need.

Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley provides programming before, during, and after school to over 22,000 students kindergarten through community college in 27 schools and community-based sites located in the following school districts:

  • Allentown School District
  • Bethlehem Area School District
  • Easton Area School District
  • Whitehall-Coplay School District
  • Reading School District

In these districts, CIS of the Lehigh Valley has a multitude of programs, including:

Integrated Student Supports (ISS)

Site Coordinators leverage community resources to meet both the academic and nonacademic needs of students and their families through school-wide, group-level, and individualized support services. Site Coordinators focus on improving outcomes related to academics, behavior, attendance, social-emotional learning, and family engagement at the school and student level. CIS provides these services in the following schools:

  • Central Elementary School, Allentown
  • Cleveland Elementary School, Allentown
  • McKinley Elementary School, Allentown
  • Roosevelt Elementary School, Allentown
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Bethlehem
  • Cheston Elementary School, Easton
  • Harrison-Morton Middle School, Allentown
  • South Mountain Middle School, Allentown
  • Trexler Middle School, Allentown
  • Easton Area Middle School, Easton
  • Reading Intermediate High School, Reading
  • Louis Dieruff High School, Allentown
  • William Allen High School, Allentown
  • Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, serving 9 school districts including Allentown and Whitehall-Coplay
  • Easton Area High School, Easton
  • Reading Senior High School, Reading
  • Whitehall High School, Whitehall-Coplay

Due to issues with behavior, academic performance, and attendance, some students need individualized support through alternative education programs. CIS of the Lehigh Valley offers administrative leadership and staff to local alternative education sites. Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) is designed to provide specialized intensive support—including individualized programming, brokered resources, case management, truancy intervention, behavior modification, parent engagement activities, and at least 2.5 hours of counseling per week—that can help students succeed and often return to their home schools. CIS of the Lehigh Valley provides these kinds of services at the   following sites:

  • Jackson Building, grades 6-8, Allentown
  • Easton Area Academy, grades 6-12, Easton
  • William Penn Building, grades 9-12, Allentown

Additionally, CIS provides specialized support services to schools with specific needs. For example, a Family Liaison at Paxinosa Elementary School in Easton serves to facilitate family engagement by developing relationships between school district staff, students, and parents.

Out of School Time (OST)

CIS provides after school programming for elementary, middle, and high school students at eleven 21st Century Community Learning Center sites. The programs meet four days per week for three hours each day and target students with academic needs. Students are provided with academic interventions focused on math and reading and enrichment activities that build on core instructional learning. These programs are all led by certified teachers. Students also benefit from credit recovery, homework help, and tutoring. Free afternoon snacks and dinners are also provided daily. Parent/guardian engagement activities including literacy classes, newsletters, and activities with families are all integral components of the programs as well. Collaboration with community partners provides students with STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) enrichment, and college students from higher education partners are utilized as mentors. CIS provides Out of School Time programs at the following sites:

  • Cleveland Elementary School, Allentown
  • Washington Elementary School, Allentown
  • Jefferson Elementary School, Allentown
  • Sheridan Elementary School, Allentown
  • South Mountain Middle School, Allentown
  • Trexler Middle School, Allentown
  • Harrison-Morton Middle School, Allentown
  • Raub Middle School, Allentown
  • Easton Area Middle School, Easton
  • Dieruff High School, Allentown
  • William Allen High School, Allentown

College & Career Readiness

CIS delivers Career Services, a job readiness/awareness program for low income high school students in the Allentown School District. The voluntary program provides students with case management, including guidance in resume, cover letter, and thank you letter writing; job application skills; interviewing etiquette; and job shadowing experiences.

CIS additionally operates the Education Leading to Employment & Career Training (ELECT) Fatherhood program in the Allentown School District. This job readiness program prepares young fathers for future careers, while also providing them with lessons on parenting skills and resources for their children.

CIS also manages a College Bound program at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC). A Program Coordinator works with students who have graduated from Allentown School District, ensuring that they stay focused on their education and earn advanced degrees. Students are given assistance transitioning from high school to college and from college to the workforce, and, in some cases, student are also paired with mentors.

ReEngagement

In partnership with the Allentown School District and the Workforce Development Board, CIS operates a dropout reengagement center. The Allentown ReEngagement Center–one of few in the nation–is designed to bring students who have dropped out of school back into an educational setting so they can earn their diploma or GED.

The Allentown ReEngagement Center takes students both by referral and walk-in. Staff at the center review transcripts and help each student craft an individualized graduation plan. Students either re-enroll at their home school or enroll in an alternative program that better suits their needs. Staff continuously provide case-managed support to students, keeping them on track to graduate.