Performance Learning Centers

A Performance Learning Center (PLC) is a non-traditional high school institution that assists students who have had difficulty succeeding within a traditional school setting. They create an environment that emphasizes personal support and an intense academic program anchored by an online instructional system and project-based learning.

PLCs work to focus students not just on graduation, but life and education beyond high school. Whether preparing for a college or career path, PLC students are encouraged to take the steps necessary to make their plans a reality. The PLC model was launched in Atlanta in the 1970s , and since that time it has expanded throughout the CIS network. PLCs 
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school. Currently, there are 14 PLCs in Georgia, and dozens of PLCs operated by CIS affiliates in other states.

West End Academy Performance Learning Center

CIS of Atlanta’s flagship PLC is West End Academy, located at 600 West Peachtree Street and operated in partnership with Atlanta Public Schools (APS). The PLC serves 11th and 12th grade students who have fallen behind in course credits. In order to enroll at the PLC, students must be referred by a teacher or guidance counselor at their previous high school, and they are required to complete an application and interview. For specific information about enrolling an APS student, please contact West End Academy PLC at 404-897-2390.

The video below wast taken at the West End Academy PLC Mid-Year Celebration for the 2013-2014 school year. It includes West End Academy Principal Dr. Evelyn Mobley, CIS Site Coordinator Lisa Wilson, CIS Director of Programs Nona Franklin (providing info to students regarding college scholarships available to West End students), lots of successful West End students, and proud West End parents/guardians placing pins on their students!



West End Academy PLC students who complete their graduation requirements become official graduates of their home school. However, at the end of the school year, the students and their family members participate in a PLC celebration ceremony. To view photos from the most recent ceremonies, please click here.

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