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Charting a Different Path to Graduation

ANKENY, Iowa (April 12, 2018) - As education continues to change, the traditional path to earn a high school diploma can be a challenge for some students. The Ankeny Community School District’s Alternative Learning Center, or ALC, offers secondary students at risk of not graduating the opportunity to stay on the track to graduation with an intensive intervention program. This intervention program has proved to help students who need extra supports achieve success. In fact, eight students, who may not have graduated otherwise, have successfully completed the program so far this year.


Managed by three content specialists, a counselor, and a special education instructor, the ALC offers personalized education plans tailored to fit an individual’s educational needs and career interests. Many students also have full-time or part-time jobs as they work towards graduation. In light of this, the ALC provides students with resources such as nutritional lunches and snacks, Wednesday-wellness days, yoga sessions, physical education, and home visits to ensure progress and success.


The ALC hired a new principal for next school year and is implementing improvements to enhance the educational experience including security upgrades, and rebranding to refresh the center’s focus and perception. Earlier this month, the ALC teachers attended the Alternative Education Conference to continue their learning on strategies to ensure students receive the best educational experience.