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ERIC Number: ED506809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Communities in Schools' Performance Learning Centers: Utilizing Student Supports and Alternative Settings for Dropout Prevention. Case Study
Alliance for Excellent Education
For more than thirty years, Communities in Schools (CIS) has been dedicated to giving every child a chance to graduate by targeting those factors that are most likely to cause a student to drop out, and providing what it sees as the "five basics" for student achievement: (1) a caring relationship with an adult; (2) a safe place to learn and grow; (3) a healthy start and a healthy future; (4) a marketable skill to use upon graduation; and (5) a chance to give back to peers and community. As part of this far-reaching effort, CIS developed Performance Learning Centers (PLC), an innovative alternative high school model that focuses on providing the five basics to struggling students within a nontraditional learning environment, as opposed to a traditional high school setting. The goal of the program is to reach students who are at risk of dropping out but are still motivated to succeed, pairing rigorous, self-paced academics with comprehensive student supports and community-based learning and service opportunities. The PLC model's "4 Rs"--(1) relationships that motivate; (2) relevant instruction; (3) rigorous academics, and (4) results--are all intended to increase students' chances to graduate with a diploma that guarantees that they are well equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in college or a career after high school. Developed and pioneered by CIS of Georgia--one of CIS's twenty-seven state affiliates--in response to Georgia's high dropout rate, the first PLCs were implemented in the state in 2002 to engage students who were at risk for dropping out. PLCs are each a part of a local public school district, and serve as a recuperative option for districts that have high numbers of students at risk for dropping out and are looking for a way to get those students back on track toward a diploma. PLCs specifically target high school students who have a strong desire to graduate high school and are self-disciplined and motivated but who may be in danger of not graduating on time. After seven years, PLCs have helped more than 3,200 students graduate from high school. Due to the success of Georgia's PLCs and the high demand for this type of high school option in districts across the country, more and more district leaders are looking to partner with CIS to provide their struggling students with the comprehensive support and professional environment that many need to graduate. (Contains 13 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia