The most intensive intervention that CIS-R facilitates is through the Performance Learning Centers (PLC). PLCs are small, non-traditional programs geared toward students who have not been successful in a traditional high school setting. Students who enroll at the PLC are typically 10 or more credits behind their peers, overage and failing.
In partnership with the Richmond and Henrico County public school systems, CIS-R supports four Centers:
Courses are taught using a blended learning model combining technology and face-to- face instruction from certified teachers who act as learning facilitators. Because work is self-paced, students have the opportunity to catch up to their classmates while also preparing themselves for a career and postsecondary success.
The self-paced curriculum and low teacher-student ratio (1:15) helps ensure individual student success. Traditional seat-time requirements are waived, providing increased opportunities for dual enrollment and service learning. CIS Site Coordinators recruit mentors, coordinate internships and service learning activities, and address non- academic issues that may affect the student’s ability to learn.
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