What is an ALC? 

The Area Learning Center provides educational options to students who are experiencing difficulty in the traditional setting. Alternative programs are characterized by personalized learning, small class sizes, innovative teaching, and strong relationships between staff and students.

Area Learning Center programs typically consist of a high school day program, a middle school day program, credit recovery (extended day/year) at the high school level, and targeted services at the K-8 level.


The Red Wing Area Learning Center began serving students in 1989 when Tower View Alternative High School opened its doors to students ages 16-21. Tower View remains the cornerstone of the program as it serves as the high school alternative day program. Red Wing High School offers credit recovery (extended day/year) opportunities through an Independent Study program after-school, as well as a summer school session. Targeted services programming occurs at Sunnyside Elementary, Burnside Elementary, and Twin Bluff Middle School.

Partnership with the Goodhue County Education District

In the late spring of 2013, the Red Wing School District partnered with the Goodhue County Education District in offering an Area Learning Center. As a result of this partnership, students in the Red Wing School District have access to a middle level day program, called the Pathways Program. The Pathways Program is a 'school-within-a-school' at Twin Bluff Middle School.