Communities In Schools of Kent Programs
The Phoenix Academy and Performance Learning Center
Kent Performance Learning Center (PLC) is a small, non-traditional high school program located at the Kent Phoenix Academy, and is geared toward students who are not succeeding in the traditional school setting. The PLC is a partnership between Kent School District with Communities in Schools (CIS) of Washington and its local affiliate, CIS of Kent.
The PLC initiative exemplifies the philosophy of Communities in Schools, that every child deserves 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; and a chance to give back to peers and the community.
Elementary School-Based Mentoring
The mentoring we provide is individualized to each student and takes place in the school. The one-to-one relationship with a caring adult is the focus. The mentors provide support and guidance in order to help the student be successful in school and achieve in life.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Recent successes include a student who attended the Phoenix Academy. They came from a very poor family and spent many years addicted to various drugs. This young person failed every class between 4th and tenth grade. They felt like a failure. Previous schools kept promoting them despite the failures. The student moved from school to school until they transferred to Kent Phoenix Academy. With some hard work and the support of dedicated teachers and staff, the student graduated in June with honors. They will be going on to college.
Current needs include financial donations to help support students like this one achieve thier dreams.