Skip To Main Content

Online Learning: Alternative Learning Experience Model

The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District offers a limited Online Learning Program for students who have a barrier to attending school in person due to specific circumstances such as those related to health issues. In order to be successful, students must be highly motivated and self-starters. Select courses in the program are provided through Edmentum – EdOptions Academy. To find out additional information, students should schedule an appointment with their high school counselor.

Contact a counselor

Washington State Law requires students to make specific academic progress in their courses to remain eligible for online learning. Student progress will be measured against progress benchmarks which are clearly defined for each course in which a student is enrolled. Students who do not make satisfactory progress or contact with the teacher after 20 days are automatically unenrolled per state guidelines.

How it works

Washington State Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) rules govern how students must perform in online classes.

  • Students must login daily and make acceptable progress toward course completion.
  • Students should expect to spend a minimum of 30 hours per week of online work. A student must make progress as determined by the written student learning plan.
  • Students need to make contact with their online learning manager each week.
  • Students must schedule time with the online learning manager to come into school to take one unit test and the final assessment for each course. Transportation to either high school is the student’s responsibility.
  • Students must participate in all state exams, including CBAs, SBAs, and WCAS.
  • Students who complete all Sumner-Bonney Lake School District graduation credit requirements, including a High School and Beyond plan, and any additional state requirements, will earn a Sumner-Bonney Lake School District diploma as well as have the opportunity to participate in the commencement ceremony at their home school, if desired.

Open Doors

The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District offers an Open Doors program through a partnership with Graduation Alliance. The purpose of the reengagement program is to offer an alternative education to students who have dropped out of high school or who are at risk for dropping out. 

Open Doors is an online program that offers social-emotional support as well as academic mentoring in order to eliminate barriers to education. Students are provided with the technology necessary to participate, such as a Chromebook/laptop and internet connectivity. 

To find out additional information, students should schedule an appointment with their high school counselor.

Contact a counselor