Communities In Schools of Northern Virginia Kicks Off Back-to-School Effort

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Provided by Communities in Schools of Northern Virginia

Communities In Schools of Northern Virginia (CIS NOVA) has been awarded funding to expand their integrated student support model into seven new schools across Prince William County.

Ballmer Group’s $165 million investment enables Communities In Schools, in partnership with local school districts, to provide critical coordinated resources to students. A trained full-time CIS professional working alongside teachers in the school will connect students to supports and services needed to succeed. 

We are excited to partner with Prince William County Schools. We share an unwavering belief that every child, regardless of circumstance, is capable and deserving of success.” says Patrick Brennan, CIS NOVA President and CEO. 

A recognized leader since 2013, CIS NOVA provides integrated student support to students in the Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax areas. Last year, CIS NOVA served over 13,000 students and case-managed over 500 students, 62% of which were English Language Learners and 65% qualified for Free and Reduced Meals. 

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More About Communities In Schools  

Communities In Schools® (CIS™) is a national organization that ensures every student, regardless of race, zip code, or socioeconomic background, has what they need to realize their potential in school and beyond. Working directly inside 3,000 schools across the country, CIS connects students to caring adults and community resources that help them see, confront, and overcome the barriers that stand between them and a brighter future. For more than four decades, Communities In Schools has demonstrated measurable success in creating equitable outcomes for schools and students of color and students that live in impoverished communities. 

About Ballmer Group  

Ballmer Group is committed to improving economic mobility for children and families in the United States, funding leaders and organizations that have demonstrated the ability to reshape opportunity and reduce systemic inequities.  Ballmer Group focuses on multiple impact areas and systems that can impact economic mobility – such as early learning, K-12 education, college and career pathways, housing, behavioral health, and criminal justice – and we support leaders and organizations that focus on undoing systemic racism and the barriers it has created. Ballmer Group was co-founded by philanthropist Connie Ballmer and her husband Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, founder of USAFacts, and chairman of the Los Angeles Clippers. Learn more at


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