Area Learning Center


The ALC is happy to welcome our new Assistant Principal for the 2022-2023 school year, Mary Aery.

E-Learning Matrix by Grade Level

Contact Us!

Main Office:
Phone: 218-335-2204
Fax: 218-335-7649
Address: 208 Central Ave. NW

Cass Lake, MN 56633

​Assistant Principal:
​Mary Aery

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.


All Seated Programs
Monday - 10:00 - 3:20
Tuesday - Thursday 8:10 - 3:20

Independent Study
Monday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday 3:00PM - 5:00 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.

Parental Involvement

​The ALC creates opportunities that promote parental/guardian support of student educational experiences. 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