Alternative Learning Programs

Alternative Learning
  • Alternative education is designed for students who are at-risk of educational failure. Instruction is designed to meet individual student learning styles as well as their social and emotional needs. Teachers build connections with students and focus on vocational and career skills, including independent study options.

    Faculty and staff work continually to assist students who, for a variety of reasons, may struggle in traditional school environments to develop positive attitudes toward learning, to actively participate in learning, and to become responsible, productive members of an ever-changing world.

    State approved Alternative Programs are governed by these statutes:
    Graduation Incentives Criteria used to identify at-risk students (Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.68).

    Continual Learning Plan (CLP) developed annually for each student to outline the steps necessary for grade promotion and/or graduation (Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.128, Subdivision 3).

    Information to students and families regarding alternative education options (Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.68, Subdivision 6).


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Personalized Learning Options

  • Area Learning Center (ALC)

    Area Learning Center (ALC)

    The Area Learning Center, or ALC, offers students who meet state identified criteria an opportunity to learn in an alternative environment. In North Branch, we believe that all students have the potential to learn and are entitled to the best...

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  • Independent Study

    Independent Study

    Independent Study Night School is a unique program designed to help at-risk students earn credits toward a high school diploma. Students must be between 16 and 21 years of age. Students may use Independent Study in addition to their regular high school classes. Student success in this program is...

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  • Targeted Services

    Targeted Services

    Targeted services is a state-funded, by-invitation-only program that offers additional learning opportunities to academically targeted K-8 students. Students are invited if they would benefit...

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  • Successful Connections

    Successful Connections

    Program designed for students who are at risk of educational failure. The focus of this program is for students that are entering 9th grade. Students are selected for participation because...

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  • Home School Information

    Home School Information

    Families residing in the North Branch Area Public School district who have questions regarding the Home School choice should call the Home School Liaison at 651-674-1051 for information regarding...

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