Area Education Center


Brainerd AEC - The Brainerd Lakes Area's Largest Alternative High School

AEC Student Hours: 
Monday - Friday:
Students: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm    

Welcome to the Brainerd AEC!  We are so excited to have you here as you continue on your educational journey.





AEC is so much more than just on-line learning and independent study.  Our small class sizes allow you to get to know your teachers, learn at your own pace, and have one-on-one support and assistance.  We offer hands-on electives and other opportunities that allow you to try something new, while still in the same supportive environment. These include:

MAAP Stars
Garage Band
Relationship Group
Brain and Behavior Lab
Child Development class and Internship
Audobon Learning Center Trip
Trips to plays
Tools for Tomorrow Class
Transition Class
Computer Class
Teen Moms Class and Group
The Garden Project
Book Club
Planet Earth....AND MORE!

Student involvement at the AEC requires a credit deficient status or other issues impacting credit attainment. Some students come to the AEC needing only one or two classes late afternoon classes, and continue to attend Brainerd High School. some choose to attend AEC full-time, and still others have a blended schedule that allows them to take some classes at AEC and some at BHS. We also have students that open-enroll from other neighboring districts. There is never just one "type" of students that attends AEC - a variety of students are here for a variety of reasons! Come and check us out!

Who Is Eligible??

The Minnesota State Legislature finds that it is critical to provide options for children to succeed in school. Therefore, the purpose is to provide incentives for and encourage all Minnesota students who have experienced or are experiencing difficulty in the traditional education system to enroll in alternative programs.

Eligible pupils

A pupil under the age of 21 or who meets the requirements, is eligible to participate in the graduation incentives program, if the pupil:

· performs substantially below the performance level for pupils of the same age in a locally determined achievement test;

· is behind in satisfactorily completing coursework or obtaining credits for graduation;(More than 6 credits behind)

· is pregnant or is a parent;

· has been assessed as chemically dependent;

· has been excluded or expelled according to sections 121A.40 to 121A.56;

· has been referred by a school district for enrollment in an eligible program or a program pursuant to section 124D.69;

· is a victim of physical or sexual abuse;

· has experienced mental health problems; (Diagnosis by a mental health professional)

· has experienced homelessness sometime within six months before requesting a transfer to an eligible program;

· speaks English as a second language or has limited English proficiency; or

· has withdrawn from school or has been chronically truant; or

· is being treated in a hospital in the seven-county metropolitan area for cancer or other life threatening illness or is the sibling of an eligible pupil who is being currently treated, and resides with the pupil's family at least 60 miles beyond the outside boundary of the seven-county metropolitan area.