K-12 Alternative Education

The Saint Paul Public Schools Department of Alternative Education (Alt Ed) uses a nationally recognized model to provides a variety of educational programs that help students earn their high school diploma. Each school year hundreds of regional students from our own and other districts are enrolled in one of five diploma-granting programs. Many more earn credits needed for graduation through Evening High School, Extended Day Programs and Summer School, thus enabling them to graduate on time.

Elementary Students
Extended Day for Learning (EDL) is an after-school program that gives students in grades K-5 additional instruction in math and reading, along with opportunities to discover new abilities and interests. Bonus: EDL participants in grades 4-5 can study instrumental music.

Middle School Students
Flipside is an after-school program designed specifically for middle school students. The program emphasizes reading and math skills in an age-appropriate environment. Flipside offers activities -- such as adventure learning directed by Wilderness Inquiry staff -- that engage students in using what they learn while they prepare for the important transition to high school.

High School Students
SPPS provides several options for earning the high school credits necessary for graduation. For example, students at Gordon Parks High School benefit from flexible programming, job internships and academic support. LEAP High School serves U.S. newcomers who learn English while earning a high school diploma. These and other daytime programs are supplemented by Evening High School, offered at two locations, and summer programs (see S-Term below).

SPPS Summer Term (S-Term), is the perfect antidote to summer boredom. Programs, offered in two sessions, vary based on grade level and skill level. Students can strengthen basic skills (grades K-7), get an early start on high school (grade 8), or recover credits needed to graduate (grades 9-12). Students in grades K-8 can attend S-Term 1, S-Term 2, both S-Terms, OR CDF Freedom Schools – known nationwide as a model of what summer education can be.

CDF Freedom Schools
Saint Paul Public Schools CDF Freedom Schools is a free summer program for scholars currently in grades K-8. Participation in Freedom Schools provides enriching group activities including field trips, culturally appropriate materials, a well-trained and caring staff, and parent involvement, with an emphasis on literacy. Saint Paul Public Schools’ Freedom School programs are provided in collaboration with the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood and Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools®.