Washburn Rural Alternative High School

Classes at WRAHS

All Washburn Rural Alternative High School courses are aligned with Washburn Rural High School courses and satisfy the graduation requirements of Auburn-Washburn. Course grades, along with attendance, are posted to Campus Portal and may be viewed by students and parents at any time.

Students who attend Washburn Rural Alternative High School must meet the graduation requirements of Washburn Rural High School and complete a minimum eight hours of community service at a non-profit organization each year during which they are involved in the Alternative High School program. Students completing all requirements receive a diploma from Washburn Rural High School and have the opportunity to walk in the May commencement ceremony.

Am I a candidate for alt ed?

Recommendations come from your counselor, administrator, or from academic information that was gathered following the conclusion of the school year. If you are recommended, you will receive a letter in the mail and via Campus Portal, and should follow this process:

  1. Email or call to verify you want to take part in this program. Be prepared to schedule a 15 minute meeting with the Principal or the Counselor before August 1.
  2. Attend your scheduled meeting (both the student and parent/guardian must attend). Please be punctual as there are 40 individual meetings to complete.
  3. Complete the online survey before attending your meeting. Information provided before your meeting will be discussed.
  4. Take the online reading assessment (SRI), in addition to the survey and meeting.


Established in 1997 following three years of research into alternative high schools throughout the United States, Washburn Rural Alternative High is a reflection of a philosophy which recognizes that a single education system fails to meet the needs of all students. Washburn Rural Alternative High School is based upon four fundamental beliefs:

  1. A small student population is critical to the success of the program.
  2. Both academic and emotional aspects of students must be addressed.
  3. The school must provide a supportive environment.
  4. The school must be perceived by parents and students as a community.