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Learning Requirements

Basic Requirements
North Star 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 certificated 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, families and students have the opportunity to experience the flexibility, choice and control offered through our ALE program by working with staff to plan and document student learning.
The following four basic ALE requirements form the essential requirements for each student's educational program. Through these requirements, parents and guardians will help compile a record of each student’s progress and achievement of learning goals. Each requirement and related information about our program is discussed in more detail in the following pages of this handbook:
  1. Written Student Learning Plan
  2. Weekly student/teacher contact
  3. Monthly Review of Progress
  4. Annual Assessment (full-time students)
These subjects are taught at the following grade levels:

Elementary (grades K-6)
  • Reading (daily)
  • Writing (daily)
  • Math (daily)
  • Science (2-3 days per week or daily for ½ year)
  • Social Studies (2-3 days per week or daily for ½ year)
  • Health and Fitness (minimum of 100 minutes per week)
  • Art is optional
Secondary (Grades 7-12) .5 credits = the equivalent of 90 hours of course work.
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Health and Fitness (minimum of 5 hours per week)
  • Electives