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The Area Learning Center (ALC) is a year-round alternative high school serving 14-21 year old students in District 196.

The ALC opened its doors in the fall of 1987. The small size of the school (approximately 120 students and 12 staff) allows staff to develop strong working relationships with students and provide a positive educational experience. Transportation is available for students who live in District 196 school boundaries.


Caiti Knudson,
School Psychologist

Lisa Brom,
Special Education Case Manager

Information and Enrollment Packets

  • The ALC has a packet of important information which includes registration forms that need parent input and signatures.
  • The guardian and/or student can obtain the packet at the ALC during regular office hours (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) before the new student meeting date.
  • If forms are not completed and returned to the ALC prior to the meeting, parent and student will receive the packet at the new student meeting and forms can be completed then
  • If you print and fill out the application below. Please call the office at 952-431-8720 to sign up for the New Student Meeting.

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New Student Meetings

All new students and a parent or guardian (for those students under 18) are required to attend a MANDATORY INFORMATIONAL MEETING at the Area Learning Center.

New Student Meeting are held at 3 p.m.

  • February 21, 2020
  • March 17, 2020
  • April 16, 2020

Mandatory ALC Student Orientation 

  • February 25-26, 2020
  • March 19-20, 2020
  • April 20-21, 2020

Special Education Enrollment

The ALC Special Education Program provides primarily Level 1 and Level 2 services for students with documented disabilities. A full continuum of special education services is available within the regular high school settings through Level 3. District 196 provides Level 4 Special Education Services at Dakota Ridge School.

If a prospective student currently receives special education services, please have the student’s case manager contact the ALC special education team to schedule an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting with special education team members present from both schools. The IEP meeting must occur prior to the new student meeting date. For students with an IEP, two steps must occur no less than two days before the term's New Student Informational Meeting date:

  • Step 1 - The ALC Special Education Team must receive and review copies of your most recent IEP and evaluation report, and speak with your current case manager about your intent to transfer. PLEASE ASK YOUR CURRENT CASE MANAGER TO CONTACT THE ALC SPECIAL EDUCATION TEAM. FAX THE REQUIRED PAPERWORK AS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
  • Step 2 - Unless you are transferring from another ALC (or outside the south metro area), your current case manager must arrange an IEP meeting, inviting an ALC Special Education Representative to determine as a team whether or not the ALC can accommodate your special education services/needs, as specified in your IEP.

Case manager enrollment information

Three ALC female graduates smiling while on stage at graduation.