The Princeton Learning Cooperative is a center that
helps teenagers live & learn without school by
supporting teens to create personalized educations
based on their interests, abilities and goals.

Curiosity, choice, and connection are essential for learning, and the keys that allow teens to create meaningful lives for themselves. At PLC, teens discover and explore their interests. They legally become homeschoolers, which provides freedom in deciding what, when and how they will learn. We provide resources and guidance through a variety of classes, one-on-one tutoring, staff mentoring, connections with the larger community and a small supportive community at our center.

Learn about our members' stories:

Nathaniel
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Nathaniel

Current Princeton Teen
In school, Nathaniel felt pressure to perform, to be perfect. At PLC, he pursues his passions out of authentic desire and curiosity.
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Sara
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Sara

Current Princeton Teen
Sara found it difficult to make it through a full school day. At PLC, she is a cheerful, enthusiastic leader of the community.
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Ben

Princeton, 2010-2015
Ben loved computers and electronics and wasn't getting enough in school. At PLC his interests connected him to the wider world.
Ben
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Always getting good grades, but bored and frustrated with the amount of busy work he had to do in school, Ben decided to leave and pursue his interests in electronics, computers and nature. With the flexibility and support to pursue his interests in his own way, he has interned with a local tech start-up company and at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab while also partnering to start a company that produces computer servers.Linda and Pete, Ben’s parents, describe the beginning of Ben’s journey at PLC: We found PLC by accident – an associate of ours knew how unhappy our son Ben was in his traditional middle school. She also knew of a pilot program that was starting in September 2010 called the Princeton Learning Cooperative. Although we were hesitant to pull Ben out of the local public school system, it has been the best thing we have done for Ben since he started school!No one in our family ever attended anything other than local public schools. In fact, we were quite successful and happy in our public school upbringing (way back when!). Well, times have certainly changed. Ben was coming home from school very stressed and frustrated. Homework time was agonizing for everyone, not just for Ben. Along with all the changes in becoming a teenager, he was very unmotivated by his schooling. He would often talk about how they spent several months doing work which just prepared them for state testing. Ben was an honor roll student and had been in the Gifted and Talented program since 3rd grade. He has a keen interest in computers, electronics and robotics; however, these subjects were not being very well addressed in our school system.All of these things have changed since joining PLC! Ben is the happiest he has been in a long time and feels virtually no stress as a member of the program! He gets to focus his studies on his computer/robotics with the help of PLC’s staff while still learning what we all need to know in order to be successful and productive members of society. I often spend time at PLC when I drop off Ben and have learned so much as well! The director, Paul Scutt, has brought in many mentors who share his passion for teaching/learning and Ben has greatly expanded his vocabulary, is reading the newspaper now, learned geometry thru origami, and knows how to play chess! This is in addition to his other studies at PLC. Ben is also spending his Wednesdays volunteering at Snipes Farm in Morrisville, PA with a PLC volunteer who has been mentoring him in many areas including English, Literature, and Life Skills. Ben has also learned how to make a mean apple pie!Ben will be continuing with PLC in the fall of 2011 and we look forward to each day now with the chance to learn something new. You never know who might show up at PLC and what you might learn that day! If parents have a son or daughter who is struggling in traditional schools, we highly recommend that they look into what PLC has to offer – it can truly be life changing. It has been for our family.
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Cammy

Princeton, 2012-2014
Cammy battled anxiety over homework and deadlines. With PLC she could pursue her passions on her own terms.
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KC
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KC

Princeton, 2012-2015
KC felt silenced and stifled in school. At PLC she laughed again and led us in ways big and small.
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Ashlin
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Ashlin

Princeton, 2013-2014
In school, Ashlin felt disconnected from her peers. Her confidence returned at PLC where she found a welcoming community and work she cared about.
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