Communities in Schools
In November 2011, Education’s Next Horizon entered into a formal partnership with Communities in Schools (CIS), one of the nation’s leading dropout prevention organizations. The CIS-Education’s Next Horizon Partnership was established to implement the Diplomas Now dropout prevention model in the East Baton Rouge (EBR) School System.
Diplomas Now is an innovative school transformation model designed to work with the nation’s most challenged middle and high schools to help students graduate and succeed in post-secondary education. In addition to Communities in Schools, lead partners of the Diplomas Now model include City Year and Talent Development of Johns Hopkins University. Together the partners make dropout prevention services and resources available to the entire school population, while providing coordinated, intensive supports to students who are most at-risk of dropping out.
The CIS-Education’s Next Horizon Partnership extends Diplomas Now to three schools in East Baton Rouge: Belaire High School, Capitol Middle School and Broadmoor Middle School. Education’s Next Horizon has hired a Program Director and four Site Coordinators to work closely with school administrators and teachers to develop and sustain support strategies designed to keep at-risk students in school and performing proficiently.