See You in School

A Good Idea


See You in School is a mentoring program coordinated by Communities in Schools (CIS) of Whatcom County. By placing site coordinators inside high schools, students at risk of dropping out are provided with resources aimed at keeping them in school and raising their grades. All mentors are trained before beginning their relationship with a student. They offer students encouragement in all areas of their life, focusing primarily on improving grades and helping ease the adjustment to the rigors of school.

Goal / Mission

The goal of See You in School is to improve the grades, self confidence and engagement of high school students through mentor/mentee relationships. Decreasing the dropout rates in Whatcom County is a long term goal that begins with the mentor/mentee relationship and a network inside the schools.

Results / Accomplishments

During the 2009-2010 school year, students at Options and Sehome High Schools had improved grades 70% of the time and about half had fewer un-excused absences. Staff reported that students grew to be more engaged, confident and adjusted in the school setting. The program will expand to include 13-15 new mentor/mentee relationships for the 2011-2012 school year.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Dennis D'Amelio
Communities In Schools of Whatcom County
P.O. Box 6071
Bellingham, WA 98227
Education / Student Performance K-12
Education / School Environment
Education / School Resources
Communities In Schools of Whatcom County
Date of implementation
Whatcom, WA
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Target Audience
Children, Teens
Submitted By
Communities In Schools of Whatcom County