ALC History of St. Paul Public Schools

  • Between 1991 and the present the Saint Paul Secondary ALC programs has grown from one location with 11 staff members and 127 students to the current 11 sites plus extended day programs that serve nearly 3500 students, and summer programs that serve over 7000 students annually.

    The Saint Paul Area Learning Center is today a nationally recognized model for providing educational services leading to high school graduation for at-risk and under-served students.  Each school year hundreds of students from Saint Paul and other districts are enrolled as full time or part-time ALC students in one of seven diploma granting programs.  In addition, hundreds more earn credits they need for graduation through extended-day ALC programs at Gordon Parks High School, Evening High School, and in their own high schools, thus enabling them to graduate on time.  All ALC coursework is standards driven, focusing on providing opportunities to complete the current standards that are part of the Minnesota curriculum.

    The current Evening High School site is part of the Gordon Parks High School, which opened on Monday December 3, 2007.  This new facility is able to provide classrooms that support the content standards of the St. Paul school district.