- 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
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)