Special Education

Alternate Learning Program

at Valley Crossing Community School

Students Served:  Grades K - 5
Disabilities: Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (E/BD), Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Other Health Disabilities (OHD)

Program Location:


9900 Park Crossing Road
Woodbury, MN  55125
Phone: 651.702.5722
Fax: 651.702.5718
Amy Johncox
Phone: 651.415.5468
Fax: 651.415.5599


The Alternate Learning Program (ALP) at Valley Crossing is a full-day special education program for students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) and/or neurobiological disorders with associated behavioral needs that cannot be met in their local school district. 
The ALP program is staffed with one teacher in each classroom and one education assistant for every two to three students.  One-to-one education assistants are provided as required by a student's Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Staff receive training in non-verbal crisis prevention and intervention, verbal problem-solving, social skills training, therapeutic and developmental strategies.
Students participate in a general academic curriculum with modifications and statewide testing opportunities.
The educational planning process involves a team of home school district staff, parents, agency professionals and Northeast Metro 916 staff.  Referrals are made through the special education director of the student's home school district.
Transportation is provided by the home school district.
The primary goal is for students to be able to return to their home school community by providing a positive and consistent educational environment.  Students are given opportunities to develop coping skills, make academic gains and acquire positive social skills.
Collaboration with parents, caregivers, and other professionals ensures that services and interventions are coordinated, consistent, respectful and appropriate to the student's developmental level and needs.
Specialized Services:
Goals and secondary objectives are included in the student's IEP as needed:
  • Academic and educational
  • Developmental, behavioral, social and emotional
  • Full range of related services including speech/language, occupational/physical therapy, nursing, assistive technology, social work, mental health and autism support
  • Interactive SMART Board technology