Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center
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School District: Arlington
Grades Served: K - 12
Approved as a Single District Online School Program from the 2015-16 through the 2018-19 school year.
Student Enrollment Instructions:
Our goal is for the admissions process to be thorough and informative enough for the inquiring family to be aware of the benefits of an ALE program, to understand their role as educational partners with the teachers, and to be able to evaluate if the programs at SVLC could serve their family. The following outlines our admissions process.
1. Initial Contact
2. Program Inquiry/Parent information
3. Informational Brochure & Campus Tour
4. Enrollment Packet submitted
5. Interview with Principal
7. Meeting with WSLP Consultant
8. Begin courses
The Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center (SVLC) is a public school in the Arlington School District offering K-12 alternative learning experiences through its Campus, Home, and Online programs.
Our mission is to provide a wide variety of educational opportunities and resources in a supportive learning community to parents and students who prefer an alternative to the traditional school setting.
Values & Beliefs Foremost, we believe all students can achieve their full potential.
• We value and believe in an integrated curriculum offering a variety of educational opportunities that target district learning outcomes and challenge students to apply higher order thinking to real world questions.
• We value and believe in a shared instructional model of teachers, parent-teachers, and expert guests using differentiated strategies to meet the needs of all students while utilizing technology and practical, hands-on experiences.
• We value and believe in a variety of formative and summative assessments as tools to promote learning and to enhance instruction.
• We value and believe in a safe school community devoted to a love of learning built on mutual respect, supportive relationships and excellent communication.
• We value and believe that parents are the primary educators of their children.
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- World Languages
- Credit Recovery
Overview of Programs
Washington State Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) law allows public schools to administer three kinds of courses categorized as site-based, remote, and online. Our programs at SVLC align with these three course categories and are referred to as the Campus, Home and Online Programs. Parents and students partner with the Learning Center to customize a student learning plan that utilizes one or more of these programs.
The Campus program offers a wide variety of classes for students from the early stages of their formal learning through their tenth grade year where the student has in-person instructional contact time for at least twenty percent of the total weekly time for the course. Parents choose what courses or coursework best suit the educational goals they have for their children. High School students can choose from both core and elective classes. Enrollment in the Campus program can be as little as one class per week to multiple full days, depending on your learning plan. The majority of classes on campus are taught by experienced Washington State certificated teachers who are passionate about providing an alternative to the traditional school experience. Parents that want to share their interests and talents teach Enrichment classes.
Elementary classes are designed to supplement home learning for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Academic subjects are unit based, and integrated with music, art, crafts, and movement. Other targeted learning opportunities include science, math, English, social studies and healthy games.
Middle School classes prepare students for high school with core and elective classes. Smaller class size, a caring community, and attentive teachers are important benefits of the Campus middle school program.
High School classes offer the opportunity for students to earn credit toward a district diploma in their ninth and tenth grade years. After the Campus program, our high school students typically continue their education through the Online and/or the Home portfolio programs, at Running Start, the Sno-Isle Skills Center, ORCA, or at a traditional public or private high school.
The Home program is designed to support parents who teach their children at home. We offer the expertise of our Washington State certificated teachers by partnering with parents to develop and monitor ongoing student learning plans. The Home program is ideal for parents looking for advice when designing an educational plan for their children, especially if the plan includes preparing for a high school diploma. Benefits of the Home program include access to a wide variety of educational resources on campus, an allocation of funds for curriculum materials and course fees, participation in community events and festivals, and the opportunity for involvement on our program leadership teams.
High School Portfolio Credit
High school aged students can receive high school credit for classes they engage in at home. Guided by a student learning plan prepared with a certificated teacher, a high school student follows a rigorous process to provide evidence of learning in a portfolio format. The portfolio is submitted for review at the end of the course. Credit is granted by meeting all requirements. Accelerated learning is possible through the portfolio process.
The Online program enables students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade to learn and to practice skills online either as part, or as their entire learning plan. Younger children can especially gain from online reading instruction. For elementary and middle school students, the Online program offers a variety of accessible core and enrichment curricula. High school students can earn credit toward their diploma by supplementing their Campus classes, or by choosing to learn entirely online. The Online program accommodates more schedule flexibility, particularly for those older students who work during the day, have family obligations, are trying to recover credit, or who are re-engaging into school. Accelerated learning is possible through the Online program for motivated students.
Extended Learning Opportunities
Most students once they reach eleventh grade at SVLC take advantage of extended learning opportunities such as the Everett and Skagit Valley Community College Running Start programs, the Northwest Career & Technical Academy, the Sno-Isle Technical Skills Center and the Ocean Research College Academy. Our office staff can help families connect with and enroll in these programs.
Student-Teacher Contact Requirements
Online students have a face-to-face meeting to develop their written student learning plan with their certificated teacher for initial approval. From that point forward, the students meet weekly with their teacher face-to-face on campus.
SVLC utilizes the Apex Learning® platform to conduct online classes. Apex Learning® offers multiple solutions to engage students in rigorous coursework that will enable them to graduate from high school prepared for college or career. Comprehensive Courses are developed with multiple course pathways, each designed to meet specific needs of students as they transition from middle school to high school and progress toward graduation. The courses share the same rigorous, standards-based content with varying levels of scaffolds and support, ensuring all students develop the depth of knowledge and higher-order thinking skills essential for success.
Student Performance and Demographics
Data for school year: 2014-2015
Teacher-to-student ratio: 1:125
Course completion rate: 0% of 0 enrollments
Course pass rate: 0% of 0 enrollments
Student Satisfaction Survey
Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center did not participate in the student satisfaction survey.