Alger Learning Center & Independence High School

100 Pine Street Ste. 103
Bellingham, WA 98225
Tel: (360)595-2630
  • A Washington State approved private school K-12, also 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 TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Asperger
Year Founded1981

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$6,000
Tuition NotesAnnual Rate - Monthly, Tri-annual, Bi-annual payment options also available.
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJohn Lackey
Admissions AssociatePhil DePree

School Notes

  • The Alger Learning Center/Independence High School is a Washington State approved and nationally accredited private school, and offers 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 over 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 35 years, we have seen our student-centered program result in inspired and lifelong independent learning.
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The average acceptance rate in Bellingham, WA is 93% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).