PLC History

  • Pineland Learning Center opened in 1980 in southeast Vineland with a handful of students. One year later, the school relocated to a new campus in Carmel.  From the very beginning, discipline and structure have been the foundations of our program.

    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 social workers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, reading specialists, LDT-C's, and occupational and speech therapists.  Our clinical staff embraces a multi-systemic, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed approach to our students and their families.

    As our school's enrollment steadily grew, the behavior program was refined to meet the challenges of our student population. Pineland's highly effective behavior management structure continued to advance with the addition of Crisis Prevention Institute and Handle With Care training and the establishment of our Crisis Intervention Program.  All staff members become certified in non-violent crisis intervention, and our staff includes CPI and HWC certified trainers.

    PLC was initially awarded Middle States Commission accreditation in 1997 and received re-accreditation in 2008 and 2015.

    In September 2004, PLC opened what is now our 12-acre campus in Vineland, which has a fully equipped gymnasium, a multi-purpose room, a commercial grade full-service kitchen, and family-style dining room.  Developmental skills and transition program classrooms were added beginning in 2011 to meet our community's evolving needs.

    Pineland's exceptional staff share a fierce determination for student progress and success.  Our school's commitment to make a difference for children who are different remains constant.

    The future at PLC is bright.  Now in our 42nd year, Pineland Learning Center is optimally positioned and eager to continue to positively impact students, families, and school districts.