Personal and Professional Skills



Please note:  

Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School is a candidate school* for the the CP.  This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School.

IB World Schools share a common philosophy--a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education--that we believe is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes:  the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.  

For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit  


Course Description:

Personal and professional skills (PPS) is a course designed to help reinforce skills students need in college, the workplace, and beyond.  The course focuses on five central themes:

  1. Personal Development
  2. Intercultural Understanding
  3. Effective Communication
  4. Thinking Processes
  5. Applied Ethics

The PPS course will also integrate the Reflective Project (RP), Service Learning (SL), and Language Development (LD), essentially making it a class that focuses on the CP Core.  Because PPS integrates all of the CP Core, it will meet every day for 90 minutes.  During this time, students will work on the CP Core, but it also gives the PPS teacher time to check-in with each student and help them manage their workload and check up on progress in their classes.  

While the themes are outlined by unit, they are not taught in isolation.  The themes are truly integrated throughout the course and will woven into various topics in the different units.  

Each PPS class will be dedicated to a career pathway:  engineering or biomedical.  The PPS class, and subsequently the CP Core, will be tailored to the specific career pathway, so students can use their skills in an authentic setting. 

Students will complete a portfolio that demonstrates they have met the learning outcomes for the course.  

Please view this PDF for more information about PPS.  

Course Outline:

Junior Year:

Unit One: 

  • Myself, My Vision(board)--An Exploration of Self and Desire
  • Theme:  Personal Development

 Unit Two:

  • Ethics Lab--Discovering It, Experimenting It, and Analyzing It
  • Applied Ethics

Unit Three:

  • Working Together
  • Intercultural Understanding

Senior Year:

Unit Four:  

  • Thinking Processes

Unit Five:  

  • Effective Communication