Alger Learning Center & Independence High School

     Tel: (360)595-2630
Grades: PK - 12
A Washington State approved private school K-12 offering support and assistance for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and other independent learners.
We issue official high school transcripts, and diplomas to students who complete the WA State requirements for graduation.
Passing of an exit exam is not required.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Asberger
Year Founded 1981

Student Body

Total Students n/a
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 6%
State avg.: 27%

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 80%
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $4,800
Tuition Notes Annual Rate - Monthly, Tri-annual, Bi-annual payment options also available.
Acceptance Rate 100%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director John Lackey
Admissions Associate Phil DePree

School Notes:

The Alger Learning Center/Independence High School is a Washington State approved and nationally accredited private school, offering educational alternatives for homeschoolers, unschoolers, and other independent learners. The flexibility we are afforded as a private school allows us to accommodate students who may have outside commitments such as employment, medical needs, family responsibilities, and travel. We also work with students with learning differences and special needs. Because we are a private school, do not receive Federal funding, and have no Federal funding accountability, our students are not required to undergo mandatory State testing (WASL, HSPE, etc.) in order to graduate. This exemption, under the laws governing private schools in the State of Washington, enables us to provide a viable option for public school students whose opportunity to graduate has been denied, either because they are unable to pass portions of those tests, or because they and/or their parents oppose them for ethical or other reasons. We have been working with public schools to help students succeed for nearly 35 years. Credits earned at Independence High School are fully transferable.
In addition to homeschoolers and unschoolers, those who have benefited from our program have included students who were unable to pass the state exit tests or refused to take them; students who had fallen behind and were able to use our credit retrieval program; students who needed specific skill enhancement; students with learning differences such as ADD or dyslexia; students who were highly capable, self-directed learners; students who experienced little or no success in the public school system; students who were able to earn credit for experiential learning; students who thrived with one-on-one individualized instruction and custom curriculum; students who needed private tutoring in addition to their public school classes; students seeking alternatives to specific classes for personal or religious reasons; young adults choosing to move ahead with their lives by graduating with 20 credits, in order to enter community colleges, enhance their employment or career opportunities, or pursue specialized academic or individual interests. Independence High School is in session all year. Students may enroll at any time. Our graduates have been accepted by, and have experienced success in, 4-year universities and colleges, technical schools, and fine arts institutions, nationally and worldwide. For nearly 35 years, we have seen our student-centered program result in inspired and lifelong independent learning.

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Wellspring Community School (9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Whatcom Hills Waldorf School (7.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Whatcom Hills Waldorf School (7.4 miles away)
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