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About Our School



Forest Lake Area Community School is located in the heart of Forest Lake, Minnesota. We currently serve students from Forest Lake and other local communities, including: East Bethel, May Township, Ham Lake, Hugo, Columbus, Lino Lakes, Linwood, Scandia, Marine, Stacy and Wyoming.

Our school is alternative option that is offered to students in grades 9-12. Our mission is to prepare and empower every student to contribute to and thrive, in an ever changing world. 

Our Mission:

We as a community will create relationships with our students; supporting them academically, socially, and emotionally in order to celebrate their graduation from high school.  All students will be prepared for future academic and career success.

Our Vision

We as a community will create and maintain a positive, inclusive learning environment which fosters the skills to succeed through social, emotional development and college and career readiness.

Core Values

We believe in equity.

  • We believe that all students can and will be successful.    We believe in building positive relationships with our students.
  • We believe in student growth.

We believe in high expectations for our students. We believe in educating and supporting the whole child. We believe in providing resources and accommodations to meet student needs. We believe in teaching a growth mindset to our students   

  • Creating a welcoming environment for all
  • Awareness of student needs- emotional/physical/cultural
  • Building cultural competence in the classroom
  • Using positive affirmations
  • Focusing on student strengths
  • Unique classroom environment
  • Judgement-free environment
  • Using student interests to motivate learning
  • Being fully present with students
  • Modeling positive relationships
  • Functionally preparing for the future through daily advisory
  • Increase in self-confidence
  • Academic and social-emotional growth
  • Daily Advisory/Ranger Time with our students
  • Assisting students with their individualized learning plans
  • Xello
  • Accepting students from where they are
  • Teaching and promoting empathy
  • Providing proactive social/emotional support
  • Centering instruction on research and evidence-based practices
  • Providing resources both in and outside of school
  • Consistently following 504 and IEP accomodations and understanding the process