Ninety-four percent of students in Berkeley and Charleston counties who received services from the nonprofit Communities in Schools were promoted to the next grade after last school year.
That’s one of the statistics cited in a new report evaluating the dropout-prevention organization’s impact on students during the 2012-13 school year.
“Our organization focuses on each student’s particular needs and providing him or her with the services and support that help clear the way to academic and social success,” said Jane Riley Gambrell, executive director of Communities in Schools in Charleston, in a statement.
The report was released in conjunction with the nonprofit’s celebration of its 25th anniversary in Charleston. Communities in Schools served 10,491 students in 23 Berkeley County and Charleston County schools last school year, and 95.5 percent of seniors who received assistance graduated from high school.
The report includes interviews with local educators and a student who have been involved with Communities in Schools.
Charleston is one of three cities chosen from across the country to launch this month a public awareness campaign. The campaign includes print, digital and TV ads that will run through the end of the year. The videos and images can be seen at changethepicture.org.
Communities in Schools in Charleston is part of the national Communities in Schools organization that operates in 27 states and serves more than 1.2 million students annually.
Reach Diette Courrégé Casey at @Diette on Twitter or (843) 937-5546.