What is PLP?

The Performance Learning Program (PLP) is an academically rigorous mainstream magnet program for secondary students (Grades 8 to 12) that seek a challenging, enriching, and supportive learning environment.

With a focus on deeper learning, students master core academic content, think critically to solve complex problems, work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and develop academic and growth mindsets.

PLP students work hard, take risks, and learn how to learn.

PLP is aligned with the BC Ministry of Education’s big idea and curricular competency-driven curriculum, and prepares students for post-secondary education and workplace success.

PLP is organized around an instructional triad:

  1. Inquiry and Project-Based Learning
    For PLP students, school isn’t rehearsal for real life — it is real life. Project-based learning (PBL) emphasizes learning as a process, allowing students to develop the skills necessary to become thoughtful, engaged citizens. PBL provides a focus for instruction to move beyond textbooks and worksheets, and creates opportunities for students to connect with their interests and passions.
  2. Technology for Learning
    Student use of a personal iPad device allows learning tasks to be redefined. Technology is embedded meaningfully and authentically throughout PLP, redefining learning in previously inconceivable ways.
  3. Learning Beyond the School
    Students live in the real world — PLP students learn there too. PLP students do much of their best learning outside school walls. Engaging with the real world means students have authentic adult world connections. Projects based in the community give students opportunities to collaborate with adults on work whose success has meaning well beyond that of a graded course. In the adult world, they routinely confront unpredictable problems and situations. They develop intellectual perspectives that cut across subject areas, and they form working relationships with adults who model real-world problem solving and standards for excellence. PLP students leave the classroom on frequent day and overnight trips. These field learning experiences are tightly integrated with student inquiry and curriculum and provide learning experiences for students that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

 

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