Philosophy: We recognize the unique needs and life circumstances of learners who require an alternative to the traditional school setting.The ALC staff offers programming in a safe, caring environment that focuses on meaningful, learning experiences and encourages personal growth a self-directed, life-long learning. We believe that competencies in academic, social and life skills are necessary for an individual to live and work as a responsible citizen. The ALC is designed to provide a second-changc educational option for qualifying students enrolling in quality programming culminating in a high school diploma. We are a State of Minnesota approved program, not a GED program. We provide eligible students the opportunity to work toward high school graduation and to earn a diploma from their home district.
- To provide each learner with the choice to meet high school graduation requirements, this includes the master of academic, behavioral and communication skills to prepare individuals to become responsible citizens in a multi-cultural society.
- To provide the opportunity for students to develop academically by being aware of individual learning styles and to better evaluate student learning by effectively using performance assessments
- To provide learners the opportunity to become active and accountable n their educational journey and to provide a learning environment that stimulates creativity and awareness to social skills
- To prepare the students for employment-now and in the future.
Program Eligibility: Area Learning Centers were established in 1987 by the Minnesota State Legislature as optional education programs available to eligible learners to assist them in succeeding in school, or to learners who wish to complete high school in a nontraditional setting designed to meet the individual needs of learners.
An eligible student must be age 12 through adult, and meet one of the following qualifications:
Behind in graduation credits
Pregnant or a parent
Assessed as chemically dependent
Victim of physical or sexual abuse
Experience mental health problem