Our families and their children deserve the freedom to choose schools, programs and classes where they will thrive.
Alternative Learning Experience schools are public education where some, or all, of the instruction is delivered outside of a regular classroom schedule.
Why choose an Alternative Learning Experience?
- Personalized, Integrated Learning
- Flexible Schedules
- Parent Cooperative
- Career Focused Programs
- Project-Based Learning
- Smaller Class Setting
- Higher Teacher to Student Ratio (Compared to Comprehensive Schools)
- Online Options
- Encourages Outside-the-Box Thinking and Student Driven Instruction
- Social and Emotional Wellbeing is Prioritized
- Inclusionary Practices
Learn more about our Alternative Learning Experience schools below.
Pacific Crest Online Academy (PCOA) is a fully online, teacher-directed, tuition-free public school. Students connect online to teachers and classmates, while learning from home.
Classes are provided both asynchronously (through online reading assignments, activities, and videos) and synchronously (through live online classes, small groups, individual support sessions, and office hours). PCOA serves students in grades 6-12. High school courses are NCAA-approved and meet graduation requirements. Honors and AP courses are available.
Why Choose PCOA?
Flexible scheduling allows students to work at a pace that meets their unique circumstance. PCOA is perfect for athletes in need of a less structured schedule, students experience health difficulties, every-day kids working through anxiety and social pressures, juniors and seniors who want to graduate early and more!
Rigorous class offerings taught by Washington state certified teachers.
Unique learning opportunities including Career & Technical Education courses, clubs and extracurriculars, in-person field trips and socialization opportunities.
Students who enroll at River’s Edge High School (REHS) will participate in our Project-Based Learning (PBL) Program. A meeting with our counselor will help determine the best PBL program for each student.
What is Project Based Learning?
Students learn through Project-Based Learning by investigating questions, generating original ideas, and working collaboratively to produce products that demonstrate what they have learned. This research-based method of teaching and learning is quickly gaining popularity in schools that are focused on preparing students for future challenges.
Project-Based Learning is gaining momentum as a way to keep students interested and engaged in school, while also helping them develop a deeper understanding of important content. Students gain essential 21st century skills like critical thinking, communication, and collaboration while participating in this program.
Get a quick overview of PBL in this animated video, Project Based Learning: Explained
Listen to students describe how PBL makes a difference in their lives in this video, "It Really, Actually Changed My Life."
Three Rivers HomeLink is a K-12 Collaborative Parent Partnership Program. Offerings are determined by a combination of graduation requirements and parent input through regular surveys. HomeLink offers three types of courses for students: onsite, online, and remote:
- Onsite courses meet on the HomeLink campus two or three days per-week. In these courses, students are assigned learning tasks to be completed both on and off-campus.
- Online courses are offered in various ways and are completed off campus through one of our vendor programs. Online courses can be setup to be personalized in pacing to meet the needs of students.
- Remote courses are completed away from campus per a Written Student Learning Plan that is created and evaluated by one of our certificated teachers.
Families interested in enrolling their student(s) at Three Rivers HomeLink need to have a desire to take control of their educational journey through a collaborative partnership with the school. Parents need to be highly involved, have time in their schedule dedicated to meeting the requirements of the program, and engaged in teaching/coaching from home. Students need to have a passion for learning, be intrinsically motivated to learn, and be able to learn both independently and under the direction of their parent.