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About Us

Communities in Schools of Los Angeles (CISLA) is an affiliate of Communities In Schools (CIS), the largest dropout (pushout) prevention nonprofit in the United States. 

CISLA integrates its evidenced-based model in 15 schools across Los Angeles that connects students with caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed.


In partnership with teachers, principals, school staff, and local organizations, CISLA ensures that students – regardless of external challenges – are provided the tools to graduate high school and establish a path to real world success - college, skills and workforce training. 

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Our vision is that every student in Los Angeles’ public schools receives the support they need to develop the social and emotional skills required to graduate high school ready for meaningful employment and higher education.

Our Values


CISLA demonstrates trust, honesty, commitment, and compassion in decision-making and interactions with colleagues, students, and families. ​


CISLA commits to action in the face of structures which undermine the inherent dignity & rights of all people.


CISLA seeks to break down assumptions, acknowledge the humanity in others, honor differences in thought and experience, and build connections in an authentic and respectful way. ​


CISLA holds ourselves accountable to all levels of ownership and responsibility for our behavior, performance, and decisions under clear, transparent, and consistent expectations. ​


CISLA intentionally creates collaborative spaces where everyone is committed to working together towards the same goal.


CISLA recognizes the strength in connections and relationships and fosters these by demonstrating compassion, celebrating successes, and building camaraderie.

 Strategic Plan 

Communities In Schools of Los Angeles (CISLA) partnered with Education First to build a three year strategic plan to deepen its impact on the lives of thousands of students and families ​throughout some of Los Angeles’s most proud and historic communities.

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