The High School Learning Center provides an integrated academic learning environment with a focus on real world applications.  HSLC’s alternative program emphasizes positive and respectful relationships.

The HSLC’s program is rigorous and project based with three components:

  • Academic classes
  • Community service
  • Part-time paid employment or a supervised volunteer experience

The curriculum is delivered through collaboration and partnerships with CCC, community organizations, local businesses and museums.

Academic Component

  • Students are required to uphold 15 hours per week in the classroom.
  • Courses are integrated and experiential.
  • Focus is on quality.
  • Expectations are high – students must maintain a “B” average.
  • The only numbers accrued on the student transcript are the Regents Exam scores. We have had no problems with college accepting HSLC transcripts.

Failure is not an option in a quality classroom environment.  Students will “keep at it” with help and guidance from peers and teachers until all are satisfied that they have done their best work.

Community Service Component

  • Students are required to donate 10 hours per trimester.
  • Volunteering builds relationships and reinforces the importance of giving back to the community.
Employment Component
  • Students are required to work 15 hours per week in paid employment or a scheduled, supervised volunteer position.
  • Over 130 local businesses and non-profit organizations have served as mentors.
  • Staff work closely with the businesses to make the best fit between employer/job requirements and student interests/skills.

Students participants are expected to earn a New York State Regents Diploma. 

The HSLC experience ends with a “Presentations of Learning” (POL) at the end of each trimester summarizing their personal, employment and academic accomplishments.  The POL takes the place of a report card, and like the academic work, has high expectations for quality.  The graduate POL sums up the entire HSLC experience and focuses on a plan for the student’s future.

Art Component

The High School Learning Center works closely with the Rockwell Museum of Western Art to provide invaluable experiences integrating artistic skills. Classes in mask making, personal identity and mural design have resulted in multiple Alley Art murals and several performances of Masks, Music, Movement and Monologues. These connect students to each other and their own community, and earn them art credit requirements.

The Corning Museum of Glass provides the HSLC with grant money for two classes per year, on in the Hot Shop, and one in flame-working. Several students have earned scholarships for further glass classes. These classes culminate in receptions where the skills learned are demonstrated and the artwork is displayed.