ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell High School was the recipient of a $50,000 grant from AT&T to fund a Communities in Schools (CIS) site coordinator at the school to improve students’ progress toward graduation.
“The CIS coordinator will build relationships with students who are struggling, identify their unmet needs and mobilize community support to meet those needs,” said District Spokesperson Susan Hale. “The premise is that when students’ basic needs are met, whether it is eyeglasses, tutoring or a reward for improved attendance, they can concentrate on learning.”
Roswell Principal Jerome Huff said the partnership will focus on supporting approximately 55 “freshmores” – those students who should be sophomores but are still classified as freshmen due to their academic performance.
“Our CIS site coordinator will target these students and help get them back on track for graduation,” Huff explained. “[The goal is to] form relationships with them and talk to their teachers, visit their homes and see what their academic and social needs are.”
The five goals critical to students’ success in schools, according to CIS of Atlanta, are improving attendance, improving student behavior, increasing parental engagement, providing support for struggling families to meet basic needs and providing opportunities for career and academic enrichment.
Roswell High becomes the fifth school in Fulton County to host similar CIS programs. It is currently the only school in North Fulton with the program.