Five Mile Prairie School operates under the mandates of Washington State law governing Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) programs. ALE rules allow public school students to deviate from classroom-based learning environments and schedules while still being supervised by a certified teacher. Because learning can occur away from traditional school settings, student progress and achievement is tracked and documented through alternate methods. As a participant in publicly-funded education, you and your student will experience the flexibility, choice and control offered through our ALE program by working with our school to plan and document student learning. The following basic ALE requirements form the essential part of your educational program. Through these requirements, parents and guardians will help compile a record of each student’s progress and achievement of learning goals as he or she works toward a high school diploma.
- WSLP: Each student must have a written student learning plan, written by the teacher in collaboration with the parent, that outlines the course goals, curriculum materials used on-site and at home and acceptable progress for each student.
- Weekly direct student/teacher contact: Each student must receive a minimum of one hour per week of instruction from a certified teacher. Contact by phone or email must occur DURING THE SCHOOL WEEK in the case of an absence.
- Monthly Progress: a monthly report must be completed on each child each month by a certified teacher.
- Annual Assessment: Each full-time student must receive some form of assessment. This includes formative assessments in the classroom, through district mandated MAP tests, and the state mandated SBAC.
- To be claimed as a full-time equivalent (FTE), a student must complete a total of 30 hours each week.
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