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South Whidbey School District’s NEW Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) Grades K-8


WHO:  South Whidbey School District announces its new Alternative Learning Experience (ALE),  open to all students island wide in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.  


WHAT: ALE is public education in which some or all of a student’s learning happens outside of a traditional school schedule.  Families enrolled in the SW ALE have the option of registering students in some or all of our in-person ALE classes (see link to schedule below) or to provide all instruction at home or in the community, with the support and guidance of a certificated district ALE mentor teacher. The mentor teacher and the family collaborate to develop an individual student learning plan that serves as the framework of your student’s learning

Click HERE to review our Statement of Understanding, in accordance with WAC 392-121-182(6)(j), which explains the difference between Home-Based Instruction (homeschooling), Private School and enrollment in a public school Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) program.

WHEN:The ALE program launched fall of 2021.  Registration is open now. 


WHERE: From just about anywhere you want to conduct class! The SW ALE will be based at the SW Community Center, with some in-person classes available at the community center, at sites in the community, and at the elementary and middle schools for those students who would like to join in-person classes offered in those programs.


WHY: South Whidbey School District knows that there is no one model of education that can meet the educational needs of every child and every family. The SW ALE provides an option for those parents who want to continue to play a primary role in their child’s education; who seek more flexibility in their child’s education schedule; who strive to integrate more nature-based, place-based, and experiential learning in their child’s education; and/or who seek the support of a certificated mentor teacher in individualizing their child’s learning plan.


HOW: Check out the overview of our schedule of our Fall 2021 in person classes here:

Families who are interested in learning more about the program and how to register can contact Principal Susie Richards at                   

School Board Presentation Slides - April 28, 2021 

Link to new student registration

Our Commitment to Non-Discrimination

The South Whidbey School District #206 (SWSD) does not discriminate, and Title IX requires the schools not to discriminate, on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status,  honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. 

The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Affirmative Action/Title IX/ RCW 28A.640 /RCW 28A.642 compliance officer, Dan Poolman,, or Section 504/ADA coordinator, Dr. Jeff Fankhauser,, 5520 Maxwelton Road, Langley, WA  98260, 360-221-6100. SWSD Title IX training is available to all employees and is linked on our website here.


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