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 opportunities available in reaching their maximum potential.

North Branch Area Learning Center operates a school within a school program for students in grades 7-12. Students that are at-risk have the choice to take alternative courses which use state and district requirements as a framework that are modified to develop instruction and assessments that meet specific learner needs without compromising the integrity, richness and diversity of the learning.

Every student enrolled in our ALC courses must have a continuous learning plan (CLP). The CLP is required by the Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.128, Subdivision 3. It is a communication tool to show why the student was recommended and to involve/inform the parents about the process. A parent/guardian must sign the registration form for the extended day/year program, as well as their child's CLP.