About the St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center

The St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center, also known as ALC, is a Minnesota Department of Education Approved Alternative Program. We provide a state-approved alternative program designed to provide options for at-risk students who have experienced challenges succeeding in the formal school system. Ideally, we offer our students smaller classroom settings and a more flexible learning environment. Core academic courses and creative electives are taught using alternative and culturally responsive methods. Students also have access to a variety of support services in cooperation with other agencies. We focus on the 4Cs - communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity - by providing experiences for students to solve real-world problems.

Students have opportunities to connect with one another using restorative measures and circles as they honor a school within a school community with service learning projects, career exploration days, and special projects. We personalize learning to support each student and work hard to promote learning, honor diversity, and ultimately reach the goal of graduating from high school. St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center is a secondary school designed for students who:

  • Have a desire to attend a 6 hour educational setting where staff meet and greet every learner with a growth mindset,
  • Have experienced or are experiencing difficulty in formal educational systems,
  • Have fallen behind in satisfactorily completing course work for a high school diploma,
  • Have dropped out of school, or because of other circumstances, are at-risk for not earning their high school diploma,
  • Have an opportunity to reset their educational path, and
  • Have a personal goal to work towards graduation with curriculum offerings and guidance from a licensed teachers and a designated advisor trained to personalize your alternative education.

Students interested in exploring the ALC option should meet with their counselor or team at their current school for a referral prior to calling our site to schedule an intake meeting.

Our commitment is to serve students in an engaging program where students meet their goals and earn credits to receive a Stillwater Area High School diploma. Students truly in need of an alternative to formal high school setting may schedule an intake interview. Should the program be full or in the middle of a grading period we may consider placing students on a wait list until a graduate creates a space.  

The ALC hosts a 6 period day and is an inclusive and closed campus. Additionally, for students participating in Credit Recovery and Targeted Services, other sites will provide services for students. The Credit Recovery Program gives students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to recover failed credits while accessing online curriculum and accompanied by licensed teaching staff.

Targeted Services may be available in sites throughout the district and offer intervention to assist students in grades 1-8 who are behind their peers.

Special education services are minimal at the ALC as the formal high school setting at Stillwater Area High School has options and programs to address special needs students with services beyond what our small learning community may offer in meeting needs of alternative students.

ALC Transition Overview and Information

Enrolling in the St. Croix Valley Area Learning Center (ALC)

Information on how to enroll in the ALC.