The mission of the Isle Area Learning
Center is to provide students, who have been unsuccessful in the
traditional school system, an environment that allows them to
complete the requirements for graduation.GED
information is also available
The staff at the Isle Area Learning Center (Isle ALC) are committed
to the idea that students need to "take charge" of their education.
All students are able to excel when given the responsibility and
consequences for their own learning.
The Isle ALC is approved by the Minnesota Department of Children,
Families & Learning to provide four educational components: Senior
High/Adult Academics, Middle Level Academics, Elementary Level
Academics, and Targeted Services/ Basic Skills.
Senior High/Adult Academics
This component is designed for the student 16 years of age
and older WHO is in need of an educational plan that can adapt
to the changing situations of an adult student. This is an independent
study program that requires that the student meet at least once
a week with an instructor to pick up and drop off assignments.
The learner will design a plan, with the instructors help, that
will help the student reach the goal of a high school diploma.
College/Vocational Credit for the learner in 11th & 12th grade
is also an option through the Post Secondary Program. School to
Work Students at this level are encouraged to seek employment
if not already employed. Staff will assist, where possible, to
help the student find employment through a number of sources that
include, but are not limited to: Central Minnesota Jobs and Training
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Local Work Experience
and apprenticeship programs *Credit towards graduation can be
earned for successful completion of the local work experience
This component is designed for the student in Grades 7-9 who has
met the Education Options Program, (formerly High School Graduation
Incentives, HSGI) for eligibility or, is referred by the local
School district. This is a "seat based" program with students
usually dividing their day between traditional high school classes,
ITV (interactive television), and the Isle Area Learning Center.
This component is designed for the student grade 1-6 who
has been identified as in need of an alternative education setting.
By raising the skill levels in basic subject matter such as reading
and math at an early age, students will have the tools necessary
to succeed. A placement meeting that includes, but is not limited
to, the parent/guardians, traditional teacher, ALC teacher, and
elementary principal will determine if the student meets the criteria
for entry into the program. This is an extended day program that
meets after school 2-3 days a week depending on the students individual
Targeted Services / Basic Skills
This component is designed for the student in Grades 7-12
who are behind on credits or who need to pass basic skills testing.
Learning opportunities are provided year round. Instruction will
be provided from High School Staff in the appropriate content
areas.This is an extended program that meets after school depending
on the students individual needs.
* All four components run 12 months a year with flexible hours
and scheduling to accommodate students and parents work schedules.
*All four components require a continual learning plan for each
Parent/Guardian The parent or guardian is the most important support
person in each students life. Where ever possible parents or guardians
will be included in all facets of their child's education. At
the Mille Lacs Area Learning Center we have found that student
success is in direct proportion to parental involvement.
Other public support services include:
Mille Lacs Family Services: Financial and counseling services
Mille Lacs Health Systems: Medical and counseling services
Rum River Education Coop: Special education services
Isle Public Schools: Counseling and career planning
Mille Lacs Band Of Ogibwe: Tribal social services
Mille Lacs County Community Services: Health and Basic needs services
Corner Stone Transitional Housing: Transitional housing for women
Rum River Crisis Pregnancy Center
Midstate Probation: Cooperative correctional services
Through constant flexibility, communication and collaboration,
the Isle Area Learning Center offers each student another opportunity
for academic and social success.
Students at Work
A Photographic Study