The Minnesota Department of Education has approved Albert Lea Area Schools to operate an Online School in Minnesota. This school option is being offered for students in grades 4-12 within our school district and is named the Albert Lea Online Academy.
The Albert Lea Online Academy will be using an online learning platform designed for students who are self-motivated and enjoy learning in a virtual environment. Courses are all provided through the online platform using video modules, reading for learning in the subject matter, journaling, and other online resources. Albert Lea Area Schools teachers will guide students, check on their progress in the virtual lessons and assignments, and communicate updates to parents. Parents and guardians will be their student’s learning coach to ensure the child is attending and completing their daily work.
Students in the Albert Lea Online Academy will be provided a Chromebook to access their virtual courses and be assisted in accessing the internet, via a Hotspot, as necessary. The school courses include access to select AP (Advanced Placement) and CTE (Career and Technical Education) Courses. Students participating in the Albert Lea Online Academy will also be able to access the district Music and Work-Based Learning programs (attending in-person Band, Choir, and/or Orchestra).
Enrollment in the Albert Lea Online Academy begins on June 21st. If you are interested in enrolling in the Albert Lea Online Academy, please call the District Office at 507-379-5153. Informational sessions about the new Albert Lea Online Academy will be held starting on June 23rd at the Brookside Education Center for families to learn more about this online educational opportunity. The Elementary Academy information (Grades 4-5) will be at 4 PM and the Secondary Academy information (Grades 6-12) will be presented at 5 PM. Additional meeting dates include June 30th, July 14th, and July 28th at this time.
If you are interested in learning more about the Albert Lea Online Academy, please plan on attending one of our informational sessions or contact the Albert Lea Online Academy office at (507) 379-5153.