Mission Statement  



We will have a safe, clean, caring, structured environment with the appropriate emphasis on behavior and academic achievement!

  About The School  

Washington Alternative Learning Center

Washington Alternative Learning Center (WALC) is designed for students in grades 6-12 who have been suspended or expelled from the regular school setting for behavioral and zero tolerance offenses. Principal applications are also accepted for short-term 20-25 day placements (please contact the school).  Students are remanded to Washington for a specific amount of time and must fulfill "seat time" before they are allowed to return to their zoned school.  All students at Washington are at risk of school failure, some are advance, specialized (including I.E.P.) placements and technology based classes who attend Washington Alternative Learning Center until their seat time have been fulfulled.  Washington Alternative Learning Center provides assistance to all Hamilton County schools in the district. 94% of the students that attend Washington Alternative are eligible for free/reduces lunches.

See Admission Procedures below:






Referral admittance procedures for students recommended to the Alternative center are as follows:


*Students considered for Alternative center placement may be referred by any of the following:


1.      Principal


2.      Zone Discipline Hearing Authority Committee chairman upon hearing student appeal (Level 1)


3.      Superintendent/designee (Level 2)


4.      HamiltonCounty Board of Education (Level 3)


5.      I.E.P.-Team led by WashingtonAlternativeCenter’s lead teacher




Entrance Procedures to Washington Alternative Center




Step 1.  The home school principal notifies the Washington administration by   phone/e-mail indicating a desire to enroll a student. 

(All phone calls  will be returned within 24 hours if the administrator is not available.)   WashingtonAlternativeCenter phone number is 893-3520.             




Step 2.  The following points for discussion include:


·         The nature of the offense


·         Interventions attempted


·           Student schedule


·         Any related services


·         The length of time the student will be placed at the alternative center


·         An appointment time for the student and parent to meet with the Washington administration


Exceptional education student or a student suspected of a disability            


·         Exceptional ed. Lead teachers will be considered the liaison between the home school and Washington Alternative Center.  Lead teachers are considered Washington Alternative Center’s administrative designees and have gathered necessary placement and programming information needed during team discussion


** All procedures of Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline apply 




Step 3.  The home school principal will submit a written application to the alternative school along with the appropriate documentation


·         The home school will notify the parent to contact WashingtonAlternativeCenter for an intake meeting








Exceptional Education Entrance Procedures




·         Submit lead teacher referral


·         Lead teacher will review the case and make recommendations based on:


o   Behavior (IDEIA 2004 definitions)


o   Relationship of the behavior to the disability


o   The IEP and its alignment with the Functional Behavioral Assessment suggestions and other historical evidence in the file


o   Documentation of the team’s attempts to implement researched based practices to address the behavior with rehabilitative measures


o   Documentation of the fidelity of the plan to address disincentives and other factors contributing to behaviors that are likely to require removal of the student


Lead Teacher recommendations will be submitted to WALC in a collaborative conference to use in decision making in regard to applications                                                                                                   


If a placement at WALC is indicated, the home school case manager will be contacted to set up a meeting at WALC for the team to meet to determine service options


Students attending WALC will be case managed by the home school with support from teachers at WALC


WALC lead teacher will be available upon invitation for behavior and reintegration consultation




Exit Procedures to the Home School




Step 1.        Student will return to the home school after their exit date or IEP exit date. The home school will maintain their students’ entrance and exit dates.  As a safeguard students and parents will be directed by WALC to report to their home school administrator’s office upon their return to school.




Step 2.        An exit program/meeting will be conducted at Washington Alternative Center with the student, parent(s), and teachers.  The purpose of the program/meeting will be to share information regarding grades, attendance, and progress made. A copy of the student’s grades will be email to the guidance office school upon their exit from WALC.




Step 3.        The home school principal will be notified if the student’s time at WALC is extended.