Communities In Schools of Los Angeles Announces

Impressive LA Graduation Rates at 94%


TV Ads by Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker Highlight

Leading Reasons Why Kids Drop Out, Including

Hunger, Homelessness, Lack of Medical Care


As kids around the country are graduating, Communities In Schools of Los Angeles – part of the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life – today released a report demonstrating the organization’s impact on dropout rates, highlighted by local success stories. The report was released as part of a national public awareness campaign featuring young people from around the country who have graduated from high school as a result of their involvement with Communities In Schools. (Click to download the full report and infographic.)

“It is our obligation as a society to ensure that all students have access to a high quality public education,” says Deborah Marcus, Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Los Angeles, in the new report, entitled Changing the Picture of Education in Los Angeles. “And Communities In Schools’ role is to do whatever it takes to make sure that students’ social and emotional needs are being met, so that the barriers to their academic success can be removed.”

Every 26 seconds, a young person in America drops out of school. When students drop out, they are more likely to end up in poverty, suffer poor health, be dependent on social services, enter the criminal justice system and cost the U.S. billions of dollars each year in lost revenue and increased spending on government assistance programs.  To change the picture in Los Angeles, Communities In Schools is serving approximately 15,000 students on 12 campuses this year, working hand in hand with schools, communities, partner organizations and families to surround students with a strong network of support.

According to the new report, Communities In Schools of Los Angeles achieved the following during the 2012-13 school year:

– 7 Title 1 middle schools and 5 Title 1 high schools were served.

– Approximately 15,000 students were served by  Communities In Schools of Los Angeles; 12,700 students received Level One supports (school-wide prevention services) and 2,300 students received Level Two supports (targeted and sustained interventions).

– 94% percent of seniors receiving targeted and sustained interventions (and for whom data were available) graduated

– 86% percent of the students in grades K-11 who received targeted and sustained interventions (and for whom data were available) were promoted to the next grade.

The report also features interviews with Stephanie Fabian, a Communities In Schools student and graduating senior at Venice High School, and Gaby Morales, the Communities In Schools site director at that school.

To raise awareness about Communities In Schools, a public awareness campaign is running nationwide, featuring short videos by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris and photos by renowned photographer David Harriman.  These videos and images are online at

Communities In Schools of Los Angeles is part of the national Communities In Schools network, which operates in more than 2,200 schools in the most challenged communities of 26 states and the District of Columbia.  Working closely with school districts and partner organizations, Communities In Schools serves 1.3 million young people and their families each year.  Based directly inside schools throughout the country, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs.  Learn more about Communities In Schools or Los Angeles at

Changing the Picture of Education in Los Angeles is one of more than two dozen Communities In Schools reports being released around the country today in time for graduations.

#   #   #

ATTENTION JOURNALISTS: For a full copy of the Communities In Schools Spring 2014 Report: Changing the Picture of Education in Los Angeles, or to arrange interviews with local spokespersons, please contact Ngoc Nguyen at (310) 741-8657 or

B-Roll is also available upon request.