PLC History

  • Pineland Learning Center opened in 1980 in southeast Vineland with a handful of students. One year later, the school relocated to what is now our curriculum extension campus in Carmel.

    From the beginning, discipline and structure have been the foundations of the program. Increasingly, it became obvious that the school could not progress as an entity, and the students could not progress as individuals, unless the behavior program was refined to meet the growing enrollment. Thus, our highly-effective behavior management structure continued to advance with the addition of Crisis Prevention Institute training and the establishment of our Crisis Intervention Program. All staff members become certified in non-violent crisis intervention, and our staff includes CPI certified trainers.

    As PLC successfully addressed the behavioral difficulties, academic development and enhanced student services became high priorities, necessitating the addition of specialized multi-disciplinary personnel and advanced programming. PLC’s staff grew to include curriculum supervisors, reading specialists, LDT-C’s, school psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors and occupational and speech therapists. Our clinical staff embraces a multi-systemic, culturally sensitive approach to our students and their families.

    PLC was initially awarded Middle States Commission accreditation in 1997. In May 2008, the Middle States Commission re-conferred accreditation for a seven-year period.

    In September 2004, PLC opened what is now our academic 12-acre campus in Vineland, which has a fully equipped gymnasium, commercial grade, full-service kitchen and family-style dining room . A developmental skills classroom addition to meet the needs of students with significant delays was added in 2011.

    PLC is successful in identifying with students by understanding the turmoil in their lives, the perception of constantly fighting an uphill battle, being filled with self-doubt and feeling ostracized. Above all, the staff shares their hope and fierce determination to succeed. Our determination to make a difference for children who are different has continually strengthened over time.

    The future at PLC is bright. now in our 38th year, PLC is optimally positioned and eager to continue making a positive difference for students, families and districts.

    Our staff continually strives to keep their knowledge and skill base contemporary, and stay informed of the latest developments in their respective fields. Further information regarding professional development workshops and staff commentary on relevant issues in their field may be found in our newsletters.