• 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). This learning environment will promote the development of independent, responsible, 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 home campus and adapt successfully.
      • This includes regular school attendance.
    • the ability to recognize his/her value to society and 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 student’s ability to benefit from educational programming by addressing current obstacles to their learning.
    • encourage and assist each student to ...
      • examine his/her attitude and/or behavior and strive toward its improvement.
      • improve problem-solving and decision-making skills.
      • set goals, both academic and personal.
      • build/rebuild a positive self-concept, positive values and a 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 each student to be a productive, contributing member of society.
    • provide opportunities for service-learning experiences.