Between 1991 and the present the Saint Paul Secondary ALC programs has grown from 1 location with 11 staff members and 127 students to the current 11 sites plus extended day programs that serve nearly 3500 students, and summer programs that serve over 7000 students annually.
The Saint Paul Area Learning Center is today a nationally recognized model for providing educational services leading to high school graduation for at-risk and underserved students. Each school year hundreds of students from Saint Paul and other districts are enrolled as full time ALC students in one of seven diploma granting programs. In addition, hundreds more earn credits they need for graduation through ALC Extended-Day Programs, Evening High School, and in their own high schools, thus enabling them to graduate on time. All ALC coursework is standards driven, focusing on providing opportunities to complete the current Minnesota state standards.