Area Learning Center

Area Learning Center Staff
All Student Registration

September 6, 7, 8
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Allow 30 minutes for registration.
Parents must be present to register.

Open House

Tuesday, September 5th
10:00 to 6:00 p.m.

First Day of School

Thursday, September 7th
8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Mission Statement

Mission: To meet the educational, social, emotional, and vocational needs of learners who are at-risk; support their pursuit of a high school diploma and prepare them for post-secondary career and educational opportunities.

Core Values & Rules
Core Values
ALC Rules

Belief Statements

At the Cass Lake Area Learning Center we believe in:

  1. A Variety of Different Learning Styles
  2. Flexibility in the Classroom
  3. Students Learning to Make Choices for Themselves
  4. Students Learning the Importance of Higher Education
  5. Individualized Lessons
  6. Understanding of At-Risk Learner Needs
  7. Time being Provided
  8. Students' Needs Vary
  9. School is a Safe Haven for Students
  10. A Learning Community
  11. A Caring, Nuturing, and Non-Threating Environment
  12. Networking with Outside Agencies
  13. Year-Round Programming
  14. Smaller Class Sizes
  15. Providing a Setting for Students Experiencing Difficulty in the Mainstream

Entrance Criteria

The Area Learning Center is a choice program, although students can be referred by their home school counselors, meet the At-Risk Learner Criteria, and complete necessary paperwork. We offer four different program options. Students are accepted as they are referred or register if there is space available. If enrollment is up, students will be placed on a waiting list.

Academic Programming

The Area Learning Center provides a rigorous curriculum that demands a high level of engagement in academics, positive behaviors, exemplary attendance, social skill building and teamwork, which allows hands-on, project-based, community service projects to connect to real world learning. The MN Graduation Standards are embedded in the curriculum. Students receive instruction in a variety of ways and settings.

  • Individualized Instruction: CLPs (Continual Learning Plans) are tailored to meet the student's academic needs and interests.
  • Intensives: Focus on a particular topic covering all academic disciplines for a short, intensive amount of time with a variety of fieldwork in different core classes.
  • Adventure/Fitness: Innovative Physical Education Curriculum that focuses on fitness, wellness, and nutrition.
  • In-Depth Investigation: Interesting, purposeful, engaging investigation of compelling topics. Reading and writing activities are embedded throughout the board.
  • Independent Study: Students many take advantage of a wide spectrum of classes at the ALC by enrolling Dual-Enrolled or Full-Time. This program also offeres Teen Parenting Classes

Parental Involvement

The ALC creates opportunities that promote parental/guardian support of student educational experiences (i.e. Family Fun Night). Parents/Guardians are encouraged to call the school whenever questions, comments, or concerns arise. Parents are kept up-to-date regularly throughout the school year.

Support Services:

The ALC offers support services such as:

  1. Advisors
  2. Home contacts
  3. Attendance trackers
  4. Indian Education
  5. Chemical support personnel
  6. Guidance couselors
  7. Counseling
  8. PSEO
  9. Service Learning Projects
  10. MAAP Stars*

  11. *MN Association of Alternative Programs and a student-run organization called Success, Teamwork, Achievement, Recognition, and Self-Esteem

Outside Agencies:

For the verification of attendance and work completed to meet agency enrollment requirements, the ALC utilizes the resources of a variety of sources including probation officers, custody issues, treatment facilities, Evergreen House, Bi-CAP, MN-CEP, Indian Education, Cass Country, Beltrami County, Mental Health Professionals, and multiple surrounding school districts.

Additional Opportunities:

The ALC offers students a variety of other opportunities:

  1. P.A.W.S Program (People at Work and Study
  2. Outward Bound
  3. Homecoming
  4. MAAP Stars
  5. Job Fairs
  6. Health Fairs
  7. Indian Education at BSU
  8. PSEO
  9. Leech Lake Tribal College
  10. Quilting
  11. Glass Etching
  12. Flute Making
  13. Itasca State Park
  14. Toys for Tots
  15. Extra-Curricular Involvement (ie. band, music, sports)