• In keeping with the philosophy of Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D., the philosophy of the Alternative Learning Center/Secondary Alternative Center staff is to work systematically as a team to provide an instructional and behavioral program designed to meet the individual needs and abilities of each student placed at the Alternative Learning Center (ALC)/Secondary Alternative Center (SAC). This learning environment will promote the development of independent, responsible, and contributing members of our society.


  • To provide every student the opportunity to participate in engaging, relevant and rigorous learning experiences aligned to District curriculum, standards and expectations based on each student's individual needs.


  • To provide support by addressing behavior through a research-based level system, character education, and the Opportunity for Success initiative that encourages the development of the following within each student:

    • responsibility for his/her actions and to make the appropriate changes.
    • improved decision-making and problem-solving skills.
    • acceptable and appropriate social behaviors.
    • sufficient changes in behavior and/or attitude to enable students to return to their home campus and adapt successfully. This includes regular school attendance.
    • the ability to recognize his/her value to society and the potential to contribute in a positive way.


  • To

    • provide intensive counseling and guidance for students with behavior modification as the primary focus, both individually and in groups.
    • improve students' ability to benefit from educational programming by addressing current obstacles to their learning.
    • encourage and assist students to ...
      • examine his/her attitude and/or behavior and strive for its improvement.
      • improve problem-solving and decision-making skills.
      • set goals, both academic and personal.
      • establish patterns of self-discipline.
      • build/rebuild a positive self-concept, positive values and respect for oneself and others.
      • restore and strengthen interpersonal relationships.
      • recognize his/her value to society and potential to become a contributing member.
      • adapt to a changing environment.


  • To

    • provide ongoing feedback on student's academic and behavioral progress.
    • provide counseling and guidance to parents which might produce a support system for the student.
    • act as a resource in directing and connecting parents/families toward community agencies which can provide appropriate, outside assistance when needed.


  • To

    • lower the drop-out rate.
    • instill a desire in the student to be a productive contributing member of society.
    • provide opportunities for service learning experiences.