State law encourages districts to operate alternative school programs or to ensure access to educational services to expelled students in an alternative setting.
4 Alaska Administrative Code 06.899. Definitions
(24) "alternative school" means a school that is specifically designed to exclusively serve secondary-school students who are at high risk of failing to graduate because of credit deficiencies, below-proficient academic performance, a history of low attendance, a history or high risk of dropping out, or other barriers to graduation; in this paragraph, "below-proficient academic performance" means obtaining an achievement level on a Standard-based assessment under 4 AAC 06.739 that does not meet Standard.
Alaska Statutes 14.45.150. Interscholastic activities; eligibility.
(a) A full-time student who is eligible under (b) of this section who is enrolled in grades nine through 12 in an alternative education program that is located in the state and that does not offer interscholastic activities is eligible to participate in any interscholastic activities program available in a religious or other private school regulated under this chapter
- (1) that the student would be eligible to attend were the student not enrolled in an alternative education program; and
- (2) at which the student requests to participate, if the administrator of the school approves.
(b) A student is eligible to participate in interscholastic activities under this section if the student
- (1) is otherwise eligible to participate in interscholastic activities under requirements established by the school and the statewide interscholastic activities governing body;
- (2) provides documentation, including academic transcripts, proof of full-time enrollment, and applicable disciplinary records, and, if required for participation in an activity by the school, requested medical records, to the school providing the interscholastic activities program; and
- (3) claims the same school for interscholastic activities eligibility purposes during a school year.
(c) In this section,
- (1) “alternative education program” means a public secondary school that provides a nontraditional education program, including the Alaska Military Youth Academy; a public vocational, remedial, or theme-based program; a home school program that is accredited by a recognized accrediting body; a charter school authorized under AS 14.03.250 - 14.03.290; and a statewide correspondence school that enrolls students who reside outside of a district in which the student resides and provides less than three hours a week of scheduled face-to-face student interactions in the same location with a teacher who is certified under AS 14.20.020;