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Alternative Learning Experience Courses

The board authorizes the creation of alternative learning experience (ALE) Courses. The district will make available to students enrolled in ALE courses educational opportunities designed to meet their individual needs. The district will comply with all requirements necessary to count an ALE as a course of study and ensure state funding for ALE students.

ALE courses and/or programs may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Online courses and/or programs as defined in RCW 28A.250.010;
  2. Parent partnership programs that include significant participation and partnership by parents and families in the design and implementation of a student's learning experience;
  3. Contract-based learning course and/or programs; and
  4. Partnership with Re-engagement programs.

The board will adopt and annually review written policies authorizing ALE courses, including each ALE course and course provider. The policy must designate, by title, one or more school district official(s) responsible for overseeing the district's ALE courses.

The school district official responsible for this program is the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools.

The Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Schools is responsible for overseeing each ALE course and program and will report at least annually to the board. This annual report will include at least the following:

  1. Documentation of ALE student headcount and full-time equivalent enrollment claimed for basic education funding;
  2. Identification of the overall ratio of certificated instructional staff to full-time equivalent students enrolled in each ALE program;
  3. A description of how the course and/or program supports the district's overall goals and objectives for student academic achievement; and
  4. Results of any self-evaluations.

The district will submit an annual report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction detailing the costs and purposes of any expenditures made to purchase or contract for instructional or co-curricular experiences and services that are included in an ALE written student learning plan, along with substantially similar experiences or services made available to students enrolled in the district’s regular instructional program.

The superintendent is directed to develop procedures consistent with WAC 392-121-182 to govern administration of the district’s ALE courses/program(s).


Cross References: Board Policy 2024 Online Learning
Board Policy 2020 Curriculum Development and Adoption of Instructional Materials


Legal References: RCW 28A.150.305 Alternative educational service providers — Student eligibility.
RCW 28A. 232.010 Alternative learning experience courses – Generally – Rules - Reports
RCW 28A.250.050 Student access to online courses and online learning programs — Policies and procedures — Course credit—Dissemination of information — Development of local or regional online learning programs.
WAC 392-121-107 Definition-Course of study
WAC 392-121-182 Alternative learning experience requirements
WAC 392-121-188 Instruction provided under contract
WAC 392-700 Dropout Re-engagement


Adoption Date:  12.11.95

Former Policy Number: 4801

Clover Park School District

Revised: 09.09.02; 07.09.12; 01.12.15