Mary S. Mosley Performance Learning Center (PLC)
This non-traditional high school opened its doors August 26, 2008. The PLC serves 100 students who are not making it in the traditional high school model. Learning is self-paced internet and project-based learning. Students will graduate throughout the year as they have completed the credits required by the NHCS. Mary S. Mosley PLC was recently recognized for having the most college acceptances of all of the PLCs in the nation.
What is Mosley PLC?
A small, non-traditional - NOT ALTERNATIVE - high school designed for students who are not succeeding in the traditional high school setting. The PLC model was developed in Georgia in 2003, and is quickly spreading throughout the nation. Mosley PLC is the fifth in North Carolina.
Mary S. Mosley PLC is in a partnership with Communities in Schools of Cape Fear. It receives partial funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.
Through Mosley's partnership with Communities in Schools, students are provided with internships, dual college enrollment, and technical training. They are challenged to develop marketable skills in preparation for college and/or the workplace.
Desks have been replaced by conference tables and chairs to create a business-like atmosphere. Students are taught interpersonal fundamentals and are required to wear their school uniform each day.
Who is Mosley PLC for?
Mary S. Mosley PLC serves students in grades 10-12 and designed for students who are at risk of dropping out. It's designed for students who may have fallen behind in their credits, have difficulty dealing with social issues, or are just not successful in their current school. It's not a place for those who are not willing to learn; instead, it's for students that are highly motivated and have the desire to succeed. Mosley PLC provides:
- Self-paced computer curriculum (NovaNet), projects, service learning and internships
- Project based learning
- Student responsible for learning and adhering to each subject's pacing guide
- Technology skills
- Learning facilitators
- Student Advisement
Success Story: Brittany Johnson (PLC)
Brittany Johnson came to Mosley PLC from Ashley High School. She was referred to us because she had missed the last 3 months of the previous school year due to the fact that she was struck by lightning. Brittany had to literally learn how to walk and talk and write again. She was determined to get back into school and graduate. She only needed 4 credits to graduate and therefore, Mosley was the better educational option for her. In the few short months that she was here, she struggled with some medical issues that at times would cause her to be absent a few days at a time. Brittany never gave up and did her best to get her work done. She completed her 4 credits in one semester and was among the other 6 students in the first graduating class at Mosley PLC. Brittany was also the recipient of the Panther Award, which is given to the student who overcomes diversity in their lives and rises above. Brittany is now attending CFCC for Early Childhood Education and doing well!
Five Students Graduate in Summer
CIS Cape Fear’s computer lab was full of local students this past summer. Fifty students in all attended the NovaNET course credit recovery summer program at CIS Cape Fear’s WIRE center. Thirty-two of the fifty received class credit for a course previously failed in the traditional setting.
Of those thrity-two, five students graduated because of the credits they received during the program. One student even finished his senior project during the program, in addition to making up course credit.
New Hanover High School and New Hanover County Schools held a special graduation ceremony at New Hanover High School to recognize the five new graduates. School Superintendant, Dr. Alfred Lerch gave the commencement address and students marched to Pomp and Circumstances while their families watched. The NovaNet program gave these students a second chance to achieve.
Baby FAST helped me relieve a lot of stress going on in my mind. I learned to be straight up with people - I loved it! I have become more responsible with my child. I have a big smile on my face -Baby FAST had a whole lot to do with that. People used to be asking me why I looked so mean. It helped me with my anger problems - I took anger management classes three times...I just come to Baby FAST and I feel loved! I've been doing a whole lot better. My mom even told me I've changed - she sees a new person.
Tyson Wolff came to Mosley PLC after being out of school for almost 2 years. He had attended New Hanover High School and was a very good student. He left school because he was struggling with substance abuse problems. He had a good support system with his parents but needed to find his own way to get his high school diploma. He found Mosley to be the best option for him to graduate because he only needed 3 credits to graduate. He came to school, got his work done, and went to summer school to finish up the last credit. He graduated in July and is now going to CFCC and working 2 part time jobs. He is living on his own and stops in every so often to say hello to his Mosley family!
Baby FAST helped me become more mature and helped me become a better mother. I liked the part where they took the young mothers into one class and taught us how to massage the baby and make him comfortable. Baby FAST also showed me how to talk to my Baby's daddy and as you can see, we are back together.
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