2255 Policy – Alternative Learning Experience Programs

Bellingham Public Schools will provide educational opportunities that are designed to meet individual learning needs to students enrolled in an alternative learning experience (ALE) program. The district will comply with all program requirements necessary to count an ALE as a course of study and ensure state funding for ALE students.

ALE programs may include, but are not limited to:

A. On-line programs as defined in RCW 28A.250.010;
B. Parent partnership programs that include significant participation and partnership by parents and families in the design and implementation of a student’s learning experience; and
C. Contract-based learning programs.

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

The district establishes the following alternative program(s) provided on site or over the internet or by other electronic means, as defined in WAC 392-121-182:

  • Bellingham Virtual Learning
  • Bellingham Family Partnership Program

The school district official responsible for these programs is the Deputy Superintendent or designee.

The school district official responsible for overseeing each ALE program will report at least annually to the board. This annual report will include at least the following:
A. Documentation of ALE student headcount and full-time equivalent enrollment claimed for basic education funding;
B. Identification of the overall ratio of certificated instructional staff to full-time equivalent students enrolled in each alternative learning experience program;
C. A description of how the program supports the district’s overall goals and objectives for student academic achievement; and
D. 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 the 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 the administration of the district’s ALE program.














Approved By: School Board
Signature Date: 19/03/2015
Adopted: 03/19/15
Revised: 03/19/15
Approved: Board Approved
Legal References: Content

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


Management Resources: Content

Policy & Legal News, February 2013, Corrections

Policy News, October 2012   Alternative Learning Experience

Policy News, October 2011   Alternative Learning Experience