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Families In Schools (FIS) recognizes the value of strong family-school partnerships in supporting student achievement. Consequently, we provide programs and professional development that fosters authentic parent engagement by building the skills, knowledge and confidence of both parents and staff on how to work together. FIS targets low-income and underserved communities recognizing that access to quality education continues to be the gateway out of poverty and the road to the American dream.

Beginning with the 2013‐14 school year, the California
League of Schools (CLS) initiated the Families for College
program, designed to improve the academic achievement
and college entry and completion rate of high‐need
English learners and students who were recently
reclassified as Fluent English Proficient in MVUSD. This
five‐year program provides a unique combination of
professional development for EL teachers, family
engagement strategies, and academic/social support for
students. The program serves a cohort of 325 English
learners and their families from the beginning
of 6th grade at six middle schools through
the fall of their 10th grade year at
four high schools