Alternative Learning Center
The Alternative Learning Center (ALC) of Williamson County Schools exists to provide an authentic learning experience and promote restoration and responsibility to the students we serve in our community.
The ALC provides an experience for our students that focuses on them as individuals and gives them the tools to have the ownership and wisdom to forge a new path for themselves. All of our students are with us because they made a choice, or series of choices, and are in need of some level of support. The ALC provides community, opportunities, and activities for students to become more self-aware and learn to manage their behaviors and decision making in a structured format.
Four Anchors of the ALC
- Top Academic Experience: Personalized Learning by highly qualified teachers
- Comprehensive Human Development: A restorative, whole child approach to education
- Built to Last: Managing Change and growth
- Thrive in a Diverse World: Finding your place and your importance in community as a leader
All ALC students must make adequate behavior progress to be considered for early release back to school. Our team believes this will not only help students shorten their stay at the ALC but, more importantly, allow them to self-reflect, grow, and reintegrate back into their previous schools, ready to learn and participate as active community members and leaders.
ALC teachers follow the Williamson County Schools’ Scope and Sequence. All standard level tested subjects are explicitly taught by our teachers including middle school core classes, English I-IV, Biology, Chemistry, US History, Economics, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Spanish I, and Spanish II. All other classes are facilitated and tutored by the ALC staff.
Teachers of record will send work via the Google Classroom to ALC teachers. Teachers of record will receive grade updates from ALC teachers at the grade reporting periods and upon students return to school. All textbooks should be brought to the ALC by the student or family on the student’s first day. If students are not making adequate academic progress, the serving school administrators, teachers of record, and families will be notified. Semester and final exams are sent to ALC by school of record.
The ALC uses the Restorative Practices framework to manage student behavior in all areas of the school. The purpose of Restorative Practices is to teach students to build community, learn personal competencies, manage conflict, and repair harm. All ALC staff has been trained thoroughly in the Restorative Practices framework. While the ALC still has clear structures and high expectations, the staff intentionally builds relationships with students to model and encourage growth and success.
To achieve these restorative purposes, the staff will utilize such daily interventions as morning meetings, academic advisories, restorative circles, restorative conferencing, and impromptu conferences to guide and teach students towards personal success and leadership.