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Performance Learning Center (PLC)

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)