K-12 Alternative Education

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    We use a nationally recognized model to provide a variety of educational programs that help students earn their high school diploma.  Each school year hundreds of students from our own and other districts are enrolled in one of five diploma-granting programs.  Many more earn the credits they need to graduate on time by participating in:


    • Evening High School
    • Extended Day Programs
    • Summer Learning Programs (formerly "S-Term")

    Elementary Students: Extended Day for Learning (EDL)

    • After-school program that gives students in grades K-5 additional instruction in math and reading
    • EDL participants in grades 4-5 can study instrumental music

    Middle School Students: Flipside

    • After-school program designed specifically for middle school students
    • Emphasizes reading and math skills in an age-appropriate environment
    • Offers activities -- such as adventure learning directed by Wilderness Inquiry staff -- that engage students in using what they learn while they prepare for the important transition to high school

    Freedom Schools Express: FSX (K-8)

    • An after-school leadership development program for students in grades K-8. Based on the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools summer program
    • Focuses on the contributions of people of color and Native Americans
    • Lessons provide a cultural perspective through social studies, history, art and much more.

    High School Students:  Options for earning high school credit

    • Students at Gordon Parks High School benefit from flexible programming, job internships and academic support
    • LEAP High School serves U.S. newcomers who learn English while earning a high school diploma
    • These and other daytime programs are supplemented by Evening High School, offered at two locations, and summer programs (see Summer Learning Programs below)

     Summer Learning Programs: The Perfect antidote to summer boredom

    • Offered in two sessions, vary based on grade level and skill level
      • Students can strengthen basic skills (grades K-7)
      • Get an early start on high school (grade 8)
      • Recover credits needed to graduate (grades 9-12)
    • Students in grades K-8 can attend either a four or six-week program  

More Information

Why CTE?



    High-Quality CTE Programs

    The elements of high-quality CTE programs include:

    • Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum: development of CTE program curriculum and standards.
    • Integrated Network of Partnerships: business and community partnerships to support CTE program alignment and success.
    • Course Sequencing and Credentials: coordination of coursework progression in CTE programs and career pathways that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials.
    • Career-Connected Learning and Experiential Learning: career planning and career-based experiential learning opportunities.
    • Industry-specific Facilities, Equipment, Technology and Materials: facilities and equipment specific to work in given career fields.
    • Work-Based Learning (WBL): firsthand, onsite student engagement opportunities in a given career field.
    • Data for Program Improvement and Advocacy: use of data for continuous program improvement and advocacy.
    • Student Leadership Development: leadership development through embedded classroom activities and CTSO opportunities.
    • Access, Equity and Inclusion: CTE program promotion and support for all student populations.
    • Student-Centered Instruction: instructional strategies that support attainment of career-relevant knowledge and skills.
    • Professional Development for Knowledgeable Experts: qualifications and professional development of secondary CTE teachers.

    Did you know

    • The high school graduation rate for Minnesota students who are CTE concentrators (enrolled in two or more CTE courses) is 92%.
    • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Minnesota high school CTE concentrators enroll in postsecondary for further education and career development.
    • In Minnesota, 86% of postsecondary students completing a CTE program were placed in employment by the end of the second quarter following program completion.
    • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of jobs will require some postsecondary training and/or education beyond high school.