Article 13B of the School Code (105 ILCS 5/Art. 13B) recognizes that in order to achieve high standards, some students will need educational supports and other support services that are not currently provided by their regular school programs. In order to address these needs, Article 13B enables school districts to develop and implement Alternative Learning Opportunities Programs (ALOPs) that offer a broader range of academic, behavioral, and social/emotional interventions designed to increase the academic achievement levels of these students so that they are able meet the Illinois Learning Standards and complete their education in a safe learning environment.
School districts wishing to establish ALOPs must first seek approval from the State Board of Education before enrolling students in such programs. This documents describes the requirements that districts must meet in order to establish ALOPs. Further information about ALOP requirements can be found in the agency’s administrative rules for the program (23 Ill. Adm. Code 240), which can be accessed at