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 25,000 students kindergarten through 12th grade in 30 schools and community-based sites located in the following school districts:

  • Allentown School District
  • Bethlehem Area School District
  • East Penn School District
  • Easton Area School District
  • Reading School District
  • Whitehall-Coplay 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
  • Mosser Elementary School, Allentown
  • Harrison-Morton Middle School, Allentown
  • South Mountain Middle School, Allentown
  • Trexler Middle School, Allentown
  • Louis Dieruff High School, Allentown
  • William Allen High School, Allentown
  • Fountain Hill Elementary School, Bethlehem
  • Broughal Middle School, Bethlehem
  • Freedom High School, Bethlehem
  • Liberty High School, Bethlehem
  • Emmaus High School, East Penn
  • Easton Area Middle School, Easton
  • Easton Area High School, Easton
  • Southern Middle School, Reading
  • Whitehall-Coplay Middle School, Whitehall-Coplay
  • Lehigh Career & Technical Institute, serving 9 school districts including Allentown and Whitehall-Coplay

Students who struggle with behavior, academic performance, and attendance often need individualized support through alternative education programs.  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 weekly counseling – 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:

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

United Way Community Schools

CIS serves as the lead partner at ten United Way Community Schools throughout Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. Community School Coordinators orchestrate school-wide services such as after-school programs, attendance initiatives, family engagement events, and healthcare services in order to meet the needs of students and families. CIS serves the following community schools:

  • Central Elementary School, Allentown
  • Cleveland Elementary School, Allentown
  • McKinley Elementary School, Allentown
  • Roosevelt Elementary School, Allentown
  • Union Terrace Elementary School, Allentown
  • Washington Elementary School, Allentown
  • South Mountain Middle School, Allentown
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Bethlehem
  • Cheston Elementary School, Easton
  • Paxinosa Elementary School, Easton

Communities In Schools also provides network leadership to the 14 United Way Community Schools in four districts throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Out of School Time (OST)

CIS provides after school programming for middle and high school students at four 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. 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. CIS provides Out of School Time programs at the following sites:

  • Trexler Middle School, Allentown
  • Raub Middle School, Allentown
  • William Allen High School, Allentown
  • Easton Area Middle School, Easton

CIS also provides after school programming in partnership with Life Church Bethlehem at the following sites:

  • Donegan Elementary School, Bethlehem
  • Broughal Middle School, Bethlehem

College & Career Readiness

CIS delivers Career Services programs that provide students with case management including guidance in resume, cover letter, and thank you letter writing; completing job applications; understanding interview etiquette; obtaining job shadowing experiences; exploring different careers through field trips; and occasionally, acquiring paid work experience. Many of these programs partner with local employers and corporations.

Allentown ReEngagement Center

In partnership with the Allentown School District, 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 high school 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.