"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
ACLC Mission Statement:
The Alameda Community Learning Center is an educational model that empowers all youth to take ownership of their educational experience, to celebrate their diverse community, and to actively participate as members in a democratic society.
ACLC nurtures and educates the "Leaders of Tomorrow" through innovative, self-directed and project-based learning, systematic educational facilitation and highly efficient application of per-pupil funding.
ACLC's Educational Model:
Self-directed and Project-based — ACLC is based on a self-directed and experiential learning model in which learners (students) are supported by facilitators (teachers) to be actively involved in the learning process, observe, analyze and reflect on the experience, and apply the understanding gained from that experience. (More info on project-based learning)
Flexible — We use a college-like schedule with open periods and varied class schedules because it improves learner experience and performance. Flexible scheduling also allows high schoolers to take college classes.
Creative — Facilitators use an eclectic array of creative teaching strategies to engage the multiple intelligences of learners and encourage integration across subjects. Creativity in learner project design and fulfillment is highly valued and promoted.
Rigorous — We utilize best practices of teaching and learning in a non-competitive manner. We provide learners with a rigorous curriculum that promotes mastery of California Common Core Standards.
UC-based Standards — ACLC's graduation requirements are designed meet or exceed the admission requirements for the University of California system. All seniors must participate in a career-oriented internship, present a senior project, complete a college class and be eligible to attend a four-year university or college. ACLC's graduation requirements exceed those of other high schools in Alameda.
Empowering — We empower our learners to take ownership of their education. We emphasize, develop and actively practice leadership skills. Learners discover their potential, recognize their value and worth, and practice involvement and responsibility within the community.
High Expectations — We set high academic, social and ethical expectations for our learners. We have found that an applied learning approach creates initiative and empowers learners, creating more successful learning outcomes than traditional education settings.