"It is the mission of Harwood Union High School to provide an educational and creative environment in which every person is valued as an individual, challenged as a learner and inspired to contribute to a democratic society. As a professional learning organization of all academic departments, we are prepared to work together in order to provide a unique and personalized learning experience for all students."

Personal Learning Plans (PLPs)

Harwood’s efforts at personalizing student learning have Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs) as the centerpiece. A PLP is created in collaboration between a student, faculty advisor and parents or guardians beginning in grade 7. PLPs are a component of VT Act 77; the Flexible Pathways law. This law creates a path for all Vermont schools to develop opportunities that are more student centered while meeting core graduation requirements. The process for this plan has five core elements:

  • Development of the student personal and learning profile
    • This includes considering strengths and challenges, personality, interests, core principles, as well as academic and personal achievements
  • The development of goals and a plan to achieve them
    • Goals that are both academic and personal will be shared in a student led conference in the Fall.
  • Maintaining a record of student achievement toward the goal
    • Students maintain samples of work that demonstrate progress toward achieving their goals
  • Opportunities for regular reflection in their teacher advisory
  • Regular revision, at least annually with the support of their advisor and parent/guardian in a student led conference in the Spring


The goal of PLPs is to support students to develop their passions, pursue them and incorporate them into their progress toward a successful Harwood Graduation. No two students have the same profile; students are encouraged to explore any and all options to meet their graduation requirements.

PLPs provide a voice for students to design a personalized educational plan. Harwood has worked to provide options to fit the many interests and needs of our students. These pathways include, but are not limited to:

  • Dual Enrollment
  • Early College
  • Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative
  • Traditional Coursework
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • HUB Program
  • HCLC
  • Employment/Apprenticeships
  • Technical Center Programs


PLP Requirements

  • All students beginning with the class of 2019 are required to have a PLP.
  • Students in the class of 2017 & 2018 who want to access a Flexible Pathway must have an up to date Personal Learning Plan.