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Welcome to the Person County Learning Academy (PCLA), an alternative program serving Person County School System’s secondary students in grades 6 through 12.

Students from Northern Middle School, Southern Middle School, and Person High School may be assigned to PCLA for one of the following reasons:

  • Long-term suspension assignment
  • Individual Education Plan team placement decision
  • Principals’ placement to accommodate unique learning needs

The faculty and staff of the Person County Learning Academy, in partnership with the home and the community, strive to provide a safe, supportive, and academically challenging environment characterized by small class sizes and blended learning.  For the 2016-2017 school year, APEX online coursework will be the instructional foundation, but hands-on projects as well as digital learning platforms such as Study Island and Haiku Learning will supplement the online courses.

Thanks to the generosity of both the Lewell T. Huff VFW Post 2058, which donated the property and the Person County School Board, which dedicated considerable funding to the building project, PCLA occupies a state-of-the-art facility.  Under the direction of Mr. Rosco Bass, PCLA students participated in the Maintenance Assistance Crew (MAC-team) and they cleaned and maintained the building throughout the inaugural school year (2013-2014) in almost new condition. 

With generous funding from both the Juvenile Crime Prevention Counsel and the PCS Board of Education, PCLA will open an After-School Assistance Program (ASAP) from 3:30-5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, for the 2016-2017 school year.  The ASAP program will serve high school students from both PCLA and Person High School.  ASAP will provide an opportunity for high school students to gain more individualized assistance or to catch up with their graduation cohort by completing credit-recovery courses.

We welcome community support and we look forward to establishing many community partnerships.  Please contact the PCLA director to find out ways that you can make a positive impact on our students and help them to fulfill their highest potential.

Expecting a great 2016-2017 school year,

Joan Kister, Director