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What supplies will my learner need on the first day of school?

ACLC facilitators usually give learners the specific supply needs for each class on the second day of school. If you want to provide some basic supplies, all learners will find the following useful: pens, pencils, an eraser, a notebook with lined paper, a pencil sharpener, a mini-stapler, a roll of scotch tape, a glue stick and a ruler.

Does my learner need his/her own laptop or tablet?

No, learners are not expected to have a laptop or tablet of their own.

What are the daily lunch options for my learner?

Learners can bring a home-packed lunch or buy hot lunch from our daily lunch service, which is managed by the Alameda Unified School District's Food and Nutrition Services (FANS).

Lunches are available for free or reduced price for families who submit an application and qualify for the National School Lunch Program. Apply for this program through AUSD at .

What is a Learner-Led Conference (LLC)?

Learner-Led Conferences are a longstanding ACLC tradition. They are intended to build learners' ability to reflect on themselves and their learning experience, clarify their role in the community, teach them how to create clear and compelling presentations, and gain confidence in public speaking.

Learners are asked to create a public presentation in response to a particular "prompt" related to their learning experience. Learners may invite a parent or other supportive adult to their session.  Each learner is assigned to a presentation group consisting of one facilitator, three or four of their peers, their own guests and the guests of their peers. This group listens and gives feedback on each learner's presentation.

Learners new to ACLC will be scheduled to take part in three Learner-Led Conferences during the year. The first one (usually in late October) is for new learners only. The other two are for all ACLC learners and take place at the end of each semester. 

What is a Family Forum?

Family Forums usually take place in the evening during the week or two before school starts. The Forums offer learners and parents grade-specific orientation information and news about what's new at ACLC for the year. The 6th grade Family Forum also serves as a general introduction and orientation to ACLC.

What is New Learner Bridge?

Summer Bridge is a half-day learners-only orientation program for new learners. Through team-building activities, workshops, and discussions led by experienced ACLC learners and facilitators, new learners familiarize themselves with ACLC's educational model and philosophy, tools for communication and producing academic projects, and with other new students.

What is project-based learning?

Project-Based Learning (as defined by the Buck Institute for is a teaching method in which learners gain knowledge and skills by working over an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem or challenge. Essential elements include: significant academic content, in-depth inquiry, a driving question, a need to know, voice and choice, critique and revision, and a public audience.

Project-based learning aims to teach, build and assess skills needed in today's world, such as problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation.

What is ... ?

For more explanations of ACLC terms, traditions and acronyms, please see our ACLC Lexicon for all the answers.

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Alameda CLC

1900 Third Street

Alameda CA  94501

Phone: (510) 995-4300 
Fax: (510) 995-4307

Lead Facilitator:

Michael McCaffrey

Curriculum and Instruction Lead:

David Hoopes

Interim Director of Special Education:

Annahita Rad

School Counselor:

Amanda Ruocco

School Manager:

Lai Llanda

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