Plymouth High School evaluates students on their soft skills, in an effort to better prepare them for higher education, employment and society in general.
What are soft skills?
Soft skills are non-academic skills that increasingly are seen as valuable by employers, college admissions officials and scholarship award committees. Plymouth focuses on these four: collaboration, respect, initiative and work habits.
How are soft skills be evaluated?
Teachers evaluate each student in each class on each of the four soft skills, using a shared rubric
that outlines expectations.
Students receive quarterly measures of their progress on developing soft skills along with their academic grades on their report cards. The measures range from 1 to 4, with the highest level being 4.
How are the measures be used?
The measures are discussed along with academic grades at PEP Talks, a series of individualized discussions involving a student, his or her parents and a counselor focused on preparing the student for the future.
The soft-skill measures do not appear on official transcripts, so it is up to students to share the information with potential employers, admissions counselors and scholarship award committees.
A number of area businesses that employ students (listed at right) have signed the “Employer Agreement with Plymouth High School Regarding Soft Skills Assessment,” which indicates that they value the interpersonal and social skills taught and promoted at PHS. In addition, the businesses promise to ask potential employees to share the soft skills evaluations from their report cards.