Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs


Mission and History




To lead, promote, and support innovative learning experiences for all Minnesota students. History The Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) was organized by a small group of educators in the early 1980’s to help meet the needs of students, parents, teachers, administrators and the general public through a professional organization dedicated to the improvement of alternative education options. Alternative education has grown significantly in the past 15 years. Between 1988 and 2005 enrollment in Minnesota alternative programs grew from 4,000 students to over 145,000. Currently there are over 800 members from over 300 Alternative Learning Centers and alternative programs in Minnesota, surrounding states and Canada.


MAAP membership includes people from the following settings:

  • Public and Private Alternative Schools
  • Area Learning Centers
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Dropout Prevention Programs
  • Minnesota Department of Education
  • Elementary Schools
  • Special Education
  • Schools-Within-A-School Programs
  • Charter Schools
  • Vocational and Technical Schools
  • Corrections Education Programs
  • Colleges and University Students and Staff


MAAP is governed by a sixteen-member Board of Directors.