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Select P.L.A.C.E.

Personalized Learning Academy for Connected Education
Our philosophy - Personalized, Collaborative, Student-Driven Learning

FAQsHave you ever wondered about a different approach for your student?
The function and philosophy of the Select P.L.A.C.E. are to develop independent learners who think critically, communicate effectively, and seek knowledge actively. This development stems from key focal points of the P.L.A.C.E.: educational focus (learning vs. credits), the culture of the classroom (student choice and desire to accomplish goals), educator focus (teachers who focus on teaching skills over content), and soft skills (punctuality, respect for oneself and others, self-motivation, pride in one’s work). These are the skills necessary for success in the world post-high school.

FAQs 1
In the world of education, “soft skills” are the skills that aren’t measured by tests.  We don’t believe that academic ability alone determines success. In the workforce, employers look for talents such as setting and achieving goals, managing time, showing initiative, working in teams, being on time, and working through difficult problems without giving up.  These “soft skills” are not emphasized in a regular classroom. Students in the P.L.A.C.E. will need to develop these skills in order to succeed and will have plenty of opportunities to practice them.  We form strong mentoring relationships with students so that we can coach them both in academics and in the skills we know they will need to face the world after graduation.

FAQs 2It is impossible to teach a student everything he or she needs to know in today’s world. A wide number of professional careers require continuing education. Our goal is to teach students how to teach themselves. We help students develop a self-awareness of how they learn best. We equip them with a toolbox of study strategies and give them practice in attempting new subjects on their own.  Students will not only learn how to push themselves in their own learning, they will also learn how to overcome setbacks and failure, which naturally come whenever pushing to be better. Our students will be more resilient in the face of unexpected problems and unfamiliar situations, preparing them to face future challenges of lifelong learning.

FAQs 3In life, the ability to build on your strengths to bolster your weaknesses is an important part of being strong and resilient. P.L.A.C.E. students are encouraged to utilize all of their talents and interests together as they learn. A student who struggles in science but excels in music or art is encouraged to apply their talents in learning. Instead of limiting a student to multiple-choice tests or essays, they can write songs, paint murals, or select a medium they are confident to help them demonstrate their learning. As much as it is possible, we encourage students to pursue their interests while practicing skills. Instead of assigning a topic for writing essays, we let students choose a subject they are interested in so they can engage in something they are passionate about while mastering the skill of writing.

FAQs 4Every student is different. Each one has different strengths and talents, learns in different ways, at different paces. Additionally, an individual student may learn one subject faster or slower than another subject. We also know our ability to learn can vary widely from one day to the next.  With this in mind, we give students the opportunity to learn without the time restrictions of a regular classroom. They can push ahead in a subject they are passionate about or talented in. They can take extra time with a subject they need more practice on. They won’t get frustrated because they can’t keep up with an artificial pace set by the school calendar, or are stalled by a class that is not moving as fast as they are able.

Should you have questions or would like additional information, please visit our website or feel free to reach out and contact our Select P.L.A.C.E. faculty Program Leader, Mr. Jared Kempton.

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. 
Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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