Performance Learning Centers® (PLCs) are Communities In Schools’ network of small, nontraditional high schools. Using a self-paced curriculum, PLCs are academically rigorous and college preparatory, targeting young people who have not succeeded in a traditional learning environment.
In partnership with Richmond Public Schools, the three CIS of Richmond Performance Learning Centers graduated 147 students in 2010. The PLCs have proven to be a very successful alternative model for urban school systems, offering students—many of whom have already dropped out, or fallen behind in credits – the opportunity to catch up, graduate and move on to post-secondary educational options. They offer:
Performance Learning Centers
PLC I – Richmond Technical Center
PLC II – Adult Career Development Center
PLC III – Armstrong High School
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I was a new mother, 14 credits behind in school, and unsure I would ever graduate. My mother found out that CIS of Richmond had a program for students like me with small, family-like classes, academic support, college readiness activities, and additional social support services. I attended the CIS Performance Learning Center daily and even stayed after school to get ahead in my schoolwork. Because of my hard work and the support of my teachers and CIS, I was a graduate of the Class of 2009. I am now a student at Virginia Commonwealth University where I am studying to become a Nurse Anesthesiologist. I hope that other students in my predicament have a chance to turn their dreams into goals like I did.
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