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HLWW ALP is an optional education setting for students who have experienced or are experiencing difficulty in traditional education systems and/or meet the eligibility requirements based on indicators of need. The purpose of the HLWW ALP Program is to give students the opportunity to achieve academic success and complete their education in an alternative setting and graduate on-time with their peers.

HLWW ALP Mission Statement: 

HLWW ALP believes in taking steps to build authentic maturity among our students! We believe in providing an environment that fosters autonomy and responsibility, the belief that information and accountability go hand-in-hand. We also foster the understanding that learning must include hands-on-minds-on experiences to accompany their tech-savvy lifestyles and experience community service opportunities to balance their self-service time. We have confidence that our students will become more motivated by their successes and begin to acquire a sense of ownership and responsibility for the role they play in their future.

Alternative Education

‚ÄčThe Minnesota Department of Education alternative education mission is to provide viable educational options for students who are experiencing difficulty in the traditional system. The first legislated State-Approved Alternative Programs (SAAP) began in 1988 with four sites serving 4,000 students. Today, more than 162,000 students access alternative education on a part-time or full-time basis. This represents about 17 percent of Minnesota public school students.

Alternative education is designed for students who are at-risk of educational failure. State-Approved Alternative Programs are classified as Area Learning Center (ALC), Alternative Learning Programs (ALP), Contracted Alternatives, and Targeted Services for students in kindergarten through Grade 8.Alternative programs are year-round and may be offered during the day and after school. They are characterized by smaller class sizes and using a hands-on/experiential approach to learning.

Instruction is designed to meet individual student learning styles as well as their social and emotional needs. Teachers build connections with students and focus on vocational and career skills, including independent study options. Community, county and state partnerships provide additional support and resources.

State approved Alternative Programs are governed by these statutes:

  • Graduation Incentives Criteria used to identify at-risk students (Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.68).
  • Continual Learning Plan (CLP) developed annually for each student to outline the steps necessary for grade promotion and/or graduation (Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.128, Subdivision 3).
  • Information to students and families regarding alternative education options (Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.68, Subdivision 6).