Small Learning Communities

  • What are SLCs? 
    Small Learning Communities (SLCs) integrate academic and career instruction and provide work-based learning opportunities for students.
     
    Students prepare for post-secondary education or employment within the learning environment of a small community. 
    The SLC structure supports relationships among students, teachers, and community members by grouping students together each year to take courses that support educational goals. 
     
    The SLC concept maximizes the achievement of our diverse student population. Students select one of four Houses, each with its own career emphasis.  
     
    How it works 
    • Students select one House, each themed around specific interests
    • 200-300 students per House 
    • Students stay in their SLC for three years with the same group of teachers, especially in core subjects (math, communication arts, science, and social studies)
    • Students will take horns, college and higher elective classes with a teacher who may not be part of their SLC.
     
    Benefits of SLCs 
    • Provide students with a clear and realistic focus for setting career goals
    • Provide for academic teaming, interdisciplinary applications, and community involvement
    • SLCs do not limit students, but instead broaden their potential