About Us

Welcome to the Phoenix Learning Center!


To empower students to be responsible, productive, confident members of their community.


  • Honesty, integrity and respect are essential for the well being of society.
  • All people have equal intrinsic value.
  • All people can and want to learn.
  • Each person is accountable for his/her actions and their consequences.
  • People are driven by internal needs.
  • There is a direct relationship between performance and self-esteem.
  • All people can grow if provided the opportunity.
  • Personal relationships are essential for a fulfilling life.
  • There is a direct relationship between one's sense of security and his/her emotional and intellectual development.
  • Learning is a lifelong activity.
  • Every person can play a vital role in society.
  • Every person can enjoy success through meaningful endeavors.

PLC Programs

Day Program

  • 24 students
  • 8:50 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. Monday - Friday

Extended Day

  • 3:35 p.m. - 5:35 p.m.
  • Monday/Wednesday
  • Tuesday/Thursday
  • Location: Buffalo High School

Requirements at PLC

  • Graduation requirements are the same as BHS: 30 credits (required and electives), MCA GRAD Tests in Writing, Reading and Math.
  • Earn course credit that demonstrates satisfactory progress towards graduation.
  • Follow program IDEALS.
  • Develop Continual Learning Plan (CLP) goals with advisor.

Benefits at PLC

  • Family-like setting
  • Hands-on/Experiential learning
  • High-interest Curriculum
  • Individualized learning
  • Low student to staff ratio
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Student has greater input and responsibility for his/her educational career.
  • BHS diploma

Foundation of PLC Curriculum

  • Independent life skills or "Preparation for Life After High School" including:
  • Work Force
  • Lifetime Fitness and Leisure
  • Personal Health and Wellness
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Service Learning
  • Community Involvement
  • Research
  • Community building skills or respect, responsibility and relationships
  • Team Building
  • Consumer Skills
  • State and Local requirements: English, Math, Social Studies, Science
  • The coursework is individualized, project based, experiential and hands-on

  • Other Educational Opportunities available if requirements have been met:
    • Extended Day
    • PSEO
    • Wright Technical Center
    • Buffalo High School

Continual Learning Plan

  • Students create a comprehensive portfolio during their tenure at Phoenix.  Included in this portfolio is exemplary work from all their courses, goal and plans, reading, math and writing skills assessments and inventories pertaining to future career and schooling, and their processing abilities.

Conflict Resolution

There are a number of steps in place to provide students with conflict resolution guidance. To begin, the small school and class size, and the daily lifetime fitness class, encourages conflict resolution. All students have an Orientation class during their first term in the program. Many community building activities are done in this class. Much of the curriculum has leadership skills (interpersonal and intrapersonal) built into it. If there continues to be conflict, students have mediation available to them with the mental health practitioner. If the conflict involves more than a few students, the entire group (staff and students) conducts a "family" meeting.


Many Phoenix students have not had a celebration in their honor.  Phoenix makes sure they know that their accomplishment of earning a high school diploma is worth a grand ceremony. Phoenix averages 15 graduates a year and has had over 125 students earn a Buffalo High School diploma since the program began.