Alternative Learning Experience

Alternative Learning Experience

Lopez School is committed to providing as many rich, creative and diverse academic options as possible to meet the needs and interests of our students.  Our administrators and our school counselor are prepared to answer any questions a student or their parents may have and can help navigate through the many options.

Alternative Learning Experience or ALE is, according to the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), “primarily distinguished by off-campus instruction. The intent of this type of program is to give schools flexibility to serve a diverse student population.”   The Lopez Island School District has several types of ALE’s.  Due to our small size, creativity and flexibility are paramount in providing a rich and varied educational experience for our students, families and community.  Under our ALE umbrella, one can find the following options:

Lopez Island Parent Partner Program (PPP): 

Through this option:

  • Parents are teaching their children at home with the support of the school district 
  • Students enrolled in this option are students of Lopez Island School District, but may live anywhere in WA State
  • The support received from the district includes interaction and engagement with a certificated teacher
  • Receive a stipend from which to order curriculum supported by a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP)
  • This WSLP is approved, monitored and coordinated by an assigned PPP certificated teacher on our staff
  • The family and teacher must have weekly contact to discuss the content of the WSLP, both to support the parent as teacher with instructional strategies and ideas, and to insure adherence to the integrity of the plan
  • The curriculum options and choices through our PPP are quite varied and broad, with a lot of flexibility
  • These curriculum options must be Board approved, must be educationally sound, and must be non-sectarian
  • Options may include online courses, textbook options, and options supported by a course/content specific certificated teacher

Columbia Virtual Academy-Lopez (CVA-Lopez):

Through this option:

  • Each student’s education is delivered at a distance by Highly Qualified, Washington State certified teachers using book and paper curriculum (K-8) or online courses (6-12), all with the support of parents in the home.
  • Students enrolled in this option are students of Lopez Island School District, but may live anywhere in WA State
  • Each student’s Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP) is customized to the student’s unique learning needs by a CVA Academic Advisor at CVA-Central and then the student is assigned to a Lopez Island CVA teacher, who can further customize the WSLP during the course of the year, as necessary.
  • The family and CVA teacher have weekly contact, at a minimum, to review the student’s academic progress and to discuss learning strategies and ideas for improvement as needed. The CVA teacher will also conduct a monthly review with the family to determine satisfactory progress against the goals of the WSLP. Parental support of student learning, particularly for the younger grades, is important to student success.
  • CVA’s curriculum options, which includes the award-winning Calvert curriculum, offered exclusively by CVA for free in Washington State, Moving Beyond the Page and Florida Virtual School online courses, and more, can be found in the CVA Course Catalog. All CVA curriculum options are non-sectarian and Board approved.
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Lopez Personalized Education Program (LPEP):

Through this option:

  • Students must live within our District and must physically attend Lopez Island School
  • Students eligible to enroll in this option have scheduling conflicts that prohibit them from enrolling in courses from our regular schedule of classes at Lopez School, need credit recovery to meet graduation requirements, or have completed a written request for this option due to extenuating circumstances and received approval from Lopez Island School administration.
  • This option includes independent study classes that are online, textbook based, or performance based
  • These courses may have support from a course/content specific certificated teacher
  • Students enrolled in this option will have a coordinating certificated teacher who will track their progress, monitor their work, engagement, and pacing, and help them find the resources they need to complete their coursework
  • Examples of LPEP courses include APEX Northwest History, BYU AP Calculus, APEX Algebra I, Independent Study Yoga, etc.
  • Students will mainly be in a classroom setting with a coordinating teacher to do this work, but may also work on courses independently on their own time, or in the school library during a Homework period
  • The courses through this option are paid for either by the school district (students must finish and pass the course with a passing grade), or the student, depending on the circumstances through which they are accessing this option.  School administration and the family will discuss these options.

Supplemental Education Services (SES)

Complete information on the academic achievement and AYP status of our  schools are available on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction State Report Card web page.

  • List of approved SES providers is available here.

The chart below provides eligibility and participation data for Public School Choice and Supplemental Education Services. No students were eligible for these surveys in the 2007-8 through 2012-13 school years.

  2013-14 2014-15
Public School Choice    
Eligible 32 31
Participated 0 0
Supplemental Educational Services (SES)    
Eligible 32 31
Participated 0 0


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