The Park City Learning Academy has not only changed its name, it has changed the way its students are learning.
The Academy provides Park City High students with an alternative setting for core class instruction in English, math, social studies and science. Elective are taken at the high school.
“The PCLA is a setting for students looking for smaller class sizes, personalized and project-based learning, and an adult mentor to support,” said Principal Tracy Sjostrom.
The PCLA is open to any future 10th-, 11th-, or 12th-grade students “who want to be part of a close-knit group of students and staff focusing on social emotional well-being and academic achievement,” Sjostrom said.
Students can register for the PCLA by picking up an application at Treasure Mountain Junior High or the Academy. Summit Learning is a personalized approach to teaching and learning.
Sjostrom said Summit Learning combines core values, what science tells on how students learn best, and cutting-edge research into a school experience that is tailored to community needs.
The three pillars to the student experience at the Academy are 1) project-based learning where students work alongside teachers and classmates on real-world projects; 2) one-on-one mentoring; and 3) individualized pathways that empower students to set goals and understand content in a way that is best for them.
“We offer exploratory field trips, positive supports, and added encouragement. Students do not fall through the cracks,” Sjostrom said.