The Highline School District defines Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) within the direction of WAC 392-121-182. Alternative Learning Experiences are a course, or set of courses, that are not based in seat time or attendance for tracking, and substantially occur outside of a school’s classroom, and a school’s master schedule.
ALE courses are proficiency based and use teacher-to-student contact time for accountability. ALE is often used for credit recovery programming. ALE courses may be offered at the secondary level only. ALE is a funding mechanism for the reporting of enrollment purposes only. ALE relieves courses of seat time and minute requirements through appropriate documentation, so that schools can personalize educational experiences to meet student needs. Therefore, ALE programs must be recognized in annually updated district policy to be approved by the board of directors.
ALE courses may be “remote”, meaning an alternative learning experience course or course work that is not an online course where the written student-learning plan for the course does not include a requirement for in-person instructional contact time.
ALE courses may also be “site-based”, meaning an alternative learning experience course or course work that is not an online course where the written student-learning plan for the course does not include a requirement for in-person instructional contact time.
The Highline School District establishes the following schools and programs that may use Alternative Learning Experiences in whole or in part as defined in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 392-121-182, during the 2021-2022 school year:
- New Start High School (Contracts Program and Edgenuity)
- Highline CHOICE Academy (Contract Electives Program)
- Highline Home School Center (Edgenuity)
- Learning Center (Indies Contracts and Edgenuity On)
- Aviation High School (PE Contracts Program and Edgenuity)
- Evergreen High School (Edgenuity)
- Highline High School (Edgenuity)
- Tyee High School (Edgenuity)
- Mount Rainier High School (Edgenuity)
- Camp Waskowitz / WELS Program (Edgenuity)
- Puget Sound High School (Edgenuity)
- Puget Sound Skills Center/VITAL (Edgenuity)
- Highline Virtual Academy
- Maritime High School
Every student enrolled in the program or school shall have a written Student Learning Plan (WSLP) developed in collaboration with the student, the student’s parent(s), or guardian, and/or other interested parties or caring adult. The student’s WSLP supervisor, who must be certificated instructional staff, must approve the plan, and has primary responsibility and accountability for the plan.
Annually, during a public meeting, the board will approve a 1:33 ratio of one certificated instructional staff to no more than thirty-three full-time equivalent students enrolled in alternative learning experience programs and courses.
Student performance will be supervised, monitored, assessed, evaluated, and recorded by certificated school staff at schools and programs using ALE in part or in whole using a method of Contract Learning, Digital Contract Learning, Online Learning, or a blended method.
Each student enrolled in an Alternative Learning Experience program or school shall have direct personal contact with school staff in alignment with WAC 392-121-182, at least weekly, to discuss and evaluate student progress, until completion of the course objectives or the requirements of the learning plan.
Each student’s educational progress will be reviewed at least monthly. The results of the reviews shall be shared with the student and with the parents or guardians if appropriate to the program.
Attendance in ALE programs will be taken on days when a student is to have direct personal contact with school staff to ensure that students are meeting their contact requirements. Excused absences for ALE programs are defined as the same as excused absences outlined in Policy 3122 Excused Absences. Absences that do not meet the definition of excused shall be marked as unexcused.
The district designates The Coordinator of Secondary Alternative Programs as the person responsible for approving specific alternative learning experience programs or courses, monitoring compliance with WAC 392-121-182 and reporting annually to the school district board of directors on the program.
District Cross References:
Curriculum Development and Adoption of Instructional Materials. - Policy 2020
Excused and Unexcused Absences- Policy 3122
WSSDA Cross References:
Alternative Learning Experience Courses – Policy 2255
Alternative Learning Experience - Policy News, October 2011, October 2012, and May 2018
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: December 2004
Revised by the Board: 12.04, 1.07, 1.08, 3.09, 2.11, 3.12, 2.14, 2.15, 2.16, 11.17, 8.18, 3.20; 12.20; 8.21