"Education must prepare young people to educate themselves throughout their lives."
—Robert Maynard Hutchins
ACLC offers an innovative, engaging, flexible and comprehensive curriculum that creates lifelong learners and prepares them with vital life skills.
Our program empowers learners through leadership, engages them through experiential learning, creates self-direction through flexible options and scheduling, increases self-esteem through community, provides individualized support and sets the highest academic, social and ethical expectations.
Our approach creates a more satisfying and successful learning experience than traditional education environments.
A STEAM-POWERED SCHOOL
Our emphasis on S.T.E.A.M. (Science • Technology • Engineering • Art • Math) puts ACLC in the forefront of Alameda schools in preparing graduates to excel in college and, later, in high-demand careers.
ACLC learners' outstanding performance in regional science fairs in just one indicator of our success in this area.
Another special advantage of an ACLC education is that learners can take college classes under a concurrent enrollment arrangement with the College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Merritt College and Laney College. This effectively broadens the curriculum far beyond even the largest high schools, with the added benefit of obtaining real college credit during high school.
All learners are required to take at least one college class prior to graduation.
The ACLC curriculum is based on California Common Core Standardsand has been reviewed and approved by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the University of California.
ACLC graduation requirements exceed those of the Alameda Unified School District and include all a-g requirements for admission to the University of California.
In addition to meeting academic and community service requirements, all graduating seniors must have completed at least one semester of a college course, planned and executed a senior project, compiled a senior portfolio and performed a 20-hour career-related internship.
ACLC operates on an A • B • C grading model, with no-credit given for classes in which the final grade falls below a C (below 70%).
Receiving no-credit for a class requires a learner to retake that class.
This policy ensures that each learner applies their best effort to every class, has competency in the subject matter of completed classes, and has a broader range of college options available to them.
ACLC School of the Future — Video Series
An in-depth video series produced in 2007 by learners in ACLC's Digital Video class explore why ACLC is the "School of the Future."
The location and some faculty have changed, but the approach remains the same.
Part One: ACLC — School of the Future
Part Two: Learning to Learn
Part Three: Teamwork
Part Four: Leadership
Part Five: Outreach
Since 1992, the Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) has been Alameda's creative and rigorous college-prep program.
Serving grades 6-12, spanning middle and high school curricula, with the added benefit of concurrent college classes throughout the Peralta College District, ACLC has an extraordinary reputation among parents, educators and college admissions officers.
We are known for educating the leaders of tomorrow and enthusiastic about our learners' academic, artistic and social relevance in today's world.