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The Alternative Learning Center

Alternative education is any schooling that offers a different model of instruction than the traditional classroom. The Alternative Learning Center is student-centered and flexible in nature to provide for the individual needs of our smaller student body. In this way, opportunities for applied learning, self-directed study and/or tutorial assistance are increased. By offering a modified, effective educational setting using alternative instructional methods, we believe that all students will become competent, productive citizens who will meet the demands and opportunities of life in the twenty-first century. Funding for the school is provided through the Truant Alternative and Optional Education grant and the Regional Safe School Program grant. 

Eligible Students

At-risk students served at the Alternative Learning Center are referred through the local school districts. This process involves the superintendent, principal or other staff member as designated by the local district. A complete referral form is necessary before a student can enroll in the program. 

Once a student is referred to the Alternative Learning Center, a staffing is set up by the director to determine proper placement of the student. The staffing will include the student, parents, principal or superintendent of the sending district and the ALC director. The final decision to accept a student into the Alterntive Learning Center remains with the program director. 

Referral Form for the Truant Alternative Program                           Referral Form for the Regional Safe School Program

Alternative Learning Center Classes

The Alternative Learning Center offers teacher-lead coursework that enables students to achieve grade promotions or a high school diploma. Classes are offered to students in grades six through twelve. Emphasis is placed on providing core curriculum as well as developing life and career/job skills. All educators at the Alternative Learning Center hold valid Illinois teaching licenses and participate in regular professional development. 

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Helpful Resources

Student Handbook 2017/2018      Student Incentives 
Important Dates Alternative Learning Center Grading System


 

Alternative Learning Center Staff

Mr. Shiffletv1 Danny Sheltonv1  Karen Donohov1 Jim Eskewv1 
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Tracey Whipplev1 Mrs. Cappsv1  Les Boldtv1  Hope Hutchesonv1 
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Melissa Clark 2017
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Contact Information                          
Alternative Learning Center                    Alternative Learning Center
1710 Broadway                                       911 Dogwood Drive Building B 
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864                               Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-316-7071                              Phone: 618-316-7071
Fax: 618-316-7074                                  Fax: 618-316-7074
(Mailing Address)                                    (Building Address) 

Southern Thirty Educational Program

The Southern Thirty Educational Program serves students who are in transition. The program is designed to help students learn how to be successful in a regular classroom setting. The program facilitates and ensures that students are achieving to their highest potential both academically and behaviorally. Upon enrollment in the program, each student is given an academic test to measure their strengths and weaknesses. Students are also given career interest inventories. These tests provide assistance in planning each student's individual academic program. 

Helpful Resources

Southern Thirty Handbook 2017-2018

Southern Thirty Staff

Rebecca Simpsonv1 Yvetta Eskewv1 
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