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Alternative Learning

Our alternative schools provide specialized settings for students who need non-traditional pathways to personal, academic, and social success. If you think your child might benefit from an alternative learning experience, or your child has dropped-out or struggled in school, we encourage you to learn more about these unique non-traditional school communities.

Alternative Schools and Options

Phoenix Academy

Rochester Phoenix Academy fosters and promotes personal and academic growth for all students by establishing high academic and social expectations for individual student involvement within the global community. Phoenix Academy is a setting 4 special education site that provides programming for students with disabilities and intense mental health and behavioral needs. Programming is designed to meet mental health, behavioral, and academic needs in students K-12 grades.

Rochester Academy for Independent Living (RAIL)

Rochester Public Schools offers Rochester Academy for Independent Living (RAIL) to help young adults with disabilities integrate into the community and work settings. The program's goal is to assist the adults at RAIL in developing the independent living and social skills needed to become active, productive, and integrated members of their community.

Alternative Learning Center (ALC)

The mission of the ALC is to support viable education options for students who are experiencing difficulty in any education system and are at risk for educational failure. Educational options, including credit recovery and night school, help our students find success on the road to graduation. RALC was named the 2019 Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs School of the Year. ALC serves more than 375 students district-wide.