Our Mission

CISE (Catholic Inner-city Schools Education) works to Rewrite Futures of urban children by providing access to a faith-based Catholic education at inner-city elementary schools and Catholic high schools. Strong values are taught in a safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment. 

How We Do It

Providing support for ten inner-city schools in Cincinnati’s poorest neighborhoods, CISE helps give over 2,600 students (PK-12th grade) an environment where they can learn, grow, thrive, and succeed. Our Catholic schools serve students with the single mission, to educate children out of poverty and into better lives. It’s a mission that changes courses, transforms lives, unlocks possibilities, and rewrites futures, one deserving and determined child at a time. 

CISE helps schools deliver three key pillars which are vital to changing the cycle of poverty – Excellence in Education, A Safe Nurturing Environment, and Values for Life.

Excellence In Education

Each year, CISE students receive a quality Catholic school education thanks to our generous donors. CISE provides funding for a comprehensive educational pipeline from preschool through high school to help students achieve better outcomes in life.

  • There are 14 quality preschool classrooms in the CISE supported schools

  • 10 Catholic grade schools

  • In the 2022-23 school year, there 406 CISE grade school graduates attended 14 local Catholic high schools with support from CISE

  • Many CISE graduates are the first in their family to attend college

Safe, Nurturing Environment

Each of the CISE supported schools provides physical, mental, and behavioral health support as well as a comprehensive range of student services. Our Catholic schools serve and welcome students of all beliefs and backgrounds. 

Values for Life

CISE supported Catholic schools focus on forming the whole student by teaching skills for success in learning and throughout life. Faith-based values, leadership, teamwork, self-control, and resilience skills are taught and modeled daily.