Program Description/Goals: 

    • A Communities in Schools Performance Learning Center is a unique, non-traditional learning environment for high school students who are not succeeding in traditional schools for various reasons.
    • The goal is to provide students with the opportunity to stay in school, complete their academic studies, and graduate with a marketable skill.
    • There are four main components to the PLC model that make it different from the traditional high school: (1) the school environment, (2) the learning environment, (3) parent and community engagement, and (4) the approach to the personal and social needs of the students.
    • CIS connects community resources to help every child gain access to the “Five Basics:”
      • A personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
      • A safe place to learn and grow
      • A healthy start and a healthy future
      • A marketable skill to use upon graduation
      • A chance to give back to peers and community

    Instructional Delivery

    Students are allowed to work at their own pace using an online, computer-based curriculum with learning facilitators in the classroom that provide support and instruction to ensure students achieve all academic and personal development goals.  


    Characteristics of an ideal student:

    • Must have at least 10 credits; 3 must be in Core Subject Areas (Math, Science, English, and History)
    • Passed 1 Standard of Learning Test 
    • Passed 9 and 10 Physical Education Courses
    • Be able to complete all necessary coursework and SOLs for graduation within 12-18 months 
    • Complete the BASI test and score at least on the 8th grade level
    • Have at least one of the following:
      • Academic Failure – not enough Carnegie Units   
      • Excessive Absenteeism - absences impeding child’s education  
      • Excessive Tardiness - late to class  
      • Social Issues: student exhibits poor self-esteem/does not interact well with peers  
      • Other school or non-school based risk factors (explanation required)
  • APS