Princeton Area Learning Center

The Princeton Area Learning Center strives to support students in high school seeking a more individualized program. Our goal is to assist students in developing the skills needed to earn a high school diploma, and offer support as students become college and career ready.

ALC 2018 Seniors
Congratulations Princeton ALC 2018 Graduates!

Where is the ALC located?

The ALC is located in the Student Services Building at 1506 1st Street in Princeton.

Who can attend an alternative school?

Students from any Minnesota school district can attend the Princeton Area Learning Center once a referral is completed and submitted by your high school guidance counselor. See the criteria for eligibility below.

How do I apply?

In order to apply and build a continual learning plan, you must first seek a referral from your high school guidance counselor.


The Area Learning Center follows the graduation requirements as outlined by Princeton Public Schools. Guidance counselors will work with students to build a schedule that combines traditional seat-based learning, independent study opportunities, online learning, and work-based learning.

Visit our Graduation Requirements section of our Guidance page for further information.

According to the State of Minnesota Department of Education, eligible students meet any of the following criteria:

(1) performs substantially below the performance level for pupils of the same age in a locally determined achievement test;
(2) is behind in satisfactorily completing coursework or obtaining credits for graduation;
(3) is pregnant or is a parent;
(4) has been assessed as chemically dependent;
(5) has been excluded or expelled according to sections 121A.40 to 121A.56;
(6) has been referred by a school district for enrollment in an eligible program or a program pursuant to section 124D.69;
(7) is a victim of physical or sexual abuse;
(8) has experienced mental health problems;
(9) has experienced homelessness sometime within six months before requesting a transfer to an eligible program;
(10) speaks English as a second language or has limited English proficiency;
(11) has withdrawn from school or has been chronically truant; or
(12) is being treated in a hospital in the seven-county metropolitan area for cancer or other life threatening illness or is the sibling of an eligible pupil who is being currently treated.