About Us

We provide the tools to help at-risk students achieve success.

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

The mission of Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin (CISPB) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

CISPB was established in 1999 by a group of concerned citizens to address our area’s dropout rate. The vision of the organization was to provide a positive environment for at-risk students, ensuring their access to educational opportunities, social services and support services. CISPB helps young people reach their goal of graduating from high school and going on to become positive contributors to the community.

CISPB believes every child needs and deserves the “Five Basic Life Tools” to be successful:

  • A safe place to learn and grow

  • A chance to give back to peers and community

  • A marketable skill to use upon graduation

  • A healthy start and a healthy future

  • A personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult

Adam Portillo

Principal, Alternative Education Center

"CIS at AEC has been beneficial for our at-risk students.  CIS coordinates with AEC to create a tailored program that will meet a student's individual needs.  Our campus CIS representative works with our students and parents to help provide extra support in academics, home needs, and health and human services.  Communities in Schools on our campus has begun a food pantry program in conjunction with the West Texas Food Bank.  Mrs. Carpenter identifies students who may need extra food at home, communicates with parents, and accommodates their needs.

CIS plays a critical role on our campus due to our at-risk and economically disadvantaged students.  CIS is another program that provides the added support our campus needs for the guidance of our students!"

Paul Hidalgo

Asst. Principal, Midland Lee HS

"Our Communities in Schools program and its staff members have become an essential component of Midland Lee HS and Midland ISD. With their partnership and assistance, we work diligently to assist our at-risk students in order to meet their overall needs and improve their educational outcomes.
Once our students enter this program, each is provided with non-judgmental support, guidance and a true sense of belonging through planned activities, protocols, and interpersonal relationship opportunities. Overall, we appreciate the efforts of CIS, which encourage academic success and give our students an additional support system to access when needed."

Amber Scott

CIS Alumni

"I don't know how to thank you enough for everything you have been doing for me. Most people in these types of situations could say that they are alone, but I am not one of them. I am truly thankful and grateful to have met you.
There are definitely still some good people out there. I appreciate everything and you have made my year 10x better.
Thank you so much, Mrs. Castillo!"



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Volunteer opportunities are specific to each school. Visit here to see our list of participating schools.


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