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Home Based vs ALE

Home-Based vs. ALE

What is BELA?

BELA is classified as an Alternative Learning Environment (ALE) by WA State. (See below) BELA is a hybrid virtual school program offering asynchronous online coursework to be completed at home under direct supervision of parents whom we call Learning Coaches. Each week, students attend in person for one short session (schedule varies) with peers of similar age for academic instruction, socialization, assessment and engagement. BELA is a tuition-free, public school and available to students residing in the Bethel School District. BELA is taught by highly-qualified, certified teachers.

What is the difference between home-based instruction and an ALE program?

Home-based Instruction and enrollment in an ALE are DIFFERENT educational models. Home-based instruction includes the following:

• Home-based instruction is developed and supervised by the parent or guardian as authorized under RCW 28A.200 and 28A.225.010.

• The parent has filed an annual Declaration of Intent with the district.

• Students are neither enrolled nor eligible for graduation through a public high school unless they meet all district and state graduation requirements.

• Students are not subject to the rules and regulations governing public school, including course, graduation, and assessment requirements.

• The public school is under no obligation to provide instruction or instructional materials, or to supervise the student’s education.

Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) includes the following:

• Is a public education enrollment option authorized under WAC 392-550.

• Subject to all state and federal rules and regulations governing public education.

• Curriculum and instructional materials meet district standards and are free from sectarian control or influence.

• Learning experiences are:
o Supervised, monitored, assessed, and evaluated by a certificated teacher. o May be planned in collaboration with the student, parent and teacher.
o Provided via a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP).
o Provided in whole, or part, outside the regular classroom.