Pittsburgh Area Community Schools (PACS)

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


3840 S. Water St.Pittsburgh, PA 15203 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Pittsburgh Area Community Schools (PACS) is a private, non-profit dropout prevention organization. PACS Mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We achieve our mission through working in public schools, facilitating after-school programs, and through CIS-operated, state-approved non-traditional alternative educational academies. CIS believes that every child needs and deserves the five basics: 1. A personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult 2. A safe place to learn and grow 3. A healthy start and a healthy future 4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation 5. A chance to give back to peers and the community.


PACS serves approximately 1,000 educationally at-risk students each year in the following programs:
In School Programs - Connections.
PACS provides the link between schools and the community by placing a full-time coordinator in a school to provide integrated student services, bringing caring volunteer resources into the schools to address children’s unmet needs. Results:

  • PACS coordinated over 1100 volunteer hours and worked with over 150 partnering businesses and organizations to serve 1,500 students last year.
  • Of the PACS tracked students, 74% maintained or improved their academic achievement and 92% improved their attendance.

After-school and Summer Programs. Results:

  • 53% of the students in PACS after-school programs improved school attendance
  • 43% of the students participating improved regular school day attendance by 90%
  • 60% of the students participating improved their math grades
  • 57% of the students participating improved their reading grades


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