Area Learning Center

Announcements

  • Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan: The Cass Lake-Bena school district has created a new plan outlining our safe return to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year.   We are asking families to review the plan and provide any comments to rjohnson@isd115.net not later than July 20, 2021. 

  • The Cass Lake-Bena Summer School Program began on June 14th for qualifying students that are enrolled in Pre-K-12th grade/ALC. The Summer Program is a targeted services program funded through the state to provide students with additional academic and enrichment opportunities beyond the school year. Questions regarding the summer program can be directed to Mary Aery, Summer School Administrator at  218-335-2203, ext. 1951.

    • First Session Summer School: June 14 - July 1, 2021 Monday through Thursday

    • Second Session Summer School: July 12 - July 29, 2021 Monday through Thursday

    • Summer School Information:

      • 9 AM -2 PM School Day

      • Breakfast is provided 8:30 AM - 9 AM

      • Transportation and lunch will be provide

  • Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan

  • Classworks Sign-In Page for Summer School Students

Contact Us!

Main Office:
Phone: 218-335-2203
Fax: 218-335-7649
Address: 15308 State Highway 371 NW, Cass Lake, MN 56633


​Assistant Principal:
​Ellen Skogen

218-335-2204 (ext. 6208)

​Staff Directory Link:
This has email addresses, phone number, and current job titles for all school staff.

Mission Statement

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.

Schedule

Middle School (Mid-Level) Seated Program
Monday - Friday = 8:15 - 3:15

High School Seated Program
Monday - Thursday = 8:15 - 3:15

 
FLEX Program Schedule
Tuesday = 8:10 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday= 8:10 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday = 8:10 AM - 11:30 PM

Belief Statements

  1. At the Cass Lake Area Learning Center we believe in:

  2. A Variety of Different Learning Styles

  3. Flexibility in the Classroom

  4. Students Learning to Make Choices for Themselves

  5. Students Learning the Importance of Higher Education

  6. Individualized Lessons

  7. Understanding of At-Risk Learner Needs

  8. Time being Provided

  9. Students' Needs Vary

  10. School is a Safe Haven for Students

  11. A Learning Community

  12. A Caring, Nuturing, and Non-Threating Environment

  13. Networking with Outside Agencies

  14. Year-Round Programming

  15. Smaller Class Sizes

  16. 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.

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.

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*

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