Empowering Learners for Graduation and Life!
The Saint Paul Area Learning Program (ALP) is an alternative K-12 education program for learners 5-20 years old. The program is designed to help learners succeed in school and earn their high school diplomas. This year-round program offers individualized and learner-centered education in non-traditional settings.
Age requirements, criteria for eligibility and specific services vary. Most students under the age of 16 must be served in their home school.
Admission Criteria for Alternative Education Programs
Minnesota law specifies eligibility for Alternative Education programs. Students qualify to enroll if they:
- Are academically behind others of the same grade
- Are English learners
- Are pregnant or parenting
- Have certain health conditions
- Meet only one of these or the other qualifications.
See Minnesota State Statute 124d.68 for all conditions of eligibility.
Alternative Learning Program (ALP) History
Over the last 25 years the ALP program has grown from 1 location with 11 staff members and 127 students to the current 11 sites, plus extended day programs that serve nearly 3500 students, and summer learning programs that serve over 7000 students annually. Our ALP is a nationally recognized model for providing educational services leading to high school graduation for at-risk and underserved students. Each school year:
- Hundreds of students from Saint Paul and other districts are enrolled as full time ALP students in one of seven diploma granting programs
- Hundreds more students earn credits they need for graduation through extended-day ALP programs at Extended-day for Learning (EDL), Evening High School, and Summer Learning Programs (S-Term), thus enabling them to graduate on time
- All ALP coursework is standards driven, focusing on providing opportunities to complete the current standards that are part of the Minnesota Academic Standards