The Arkose Ridge Leadership Academy (ARLA) will launch this August as a school-within-a-school based at Palmer High School. ARLA students will meet all district and state requirements for graduation, while completing courses such as Human Relations, Character Education, Freshman Transition, Personal Finance, Career Mentorship, and a senior capstone project. Juniors and seniors will select a concentration area and take courses preparing them for emerging careers in renewable energy, Northern food production, community planning, and boreal ecology.
ARLA will operate within the MSBSD school calendar incorporating three 3-week intensives and two 60-day semesters. During intensives, students will spend considerable time outdoors engaged in hands-on projects for two integrated courses. Examples of place-based learning themes include trail design and construction, food production, GIS mapping, soil science, and archeology. During semesters, students will similarly apply and integrate academics with physical activity, community connections, and professional preparation.ARLA students will have access to district transportation (if zoned for Palmer High), before and after-school activities, sports, and clubs, PHS classes during periods 1, 2, and 3, the school nurse, guidance services, and lunch.ARLA's Core Values
- Academic/Intellectual Growth
- Social Assets for Living
- Community Stewardship
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