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Welcome to Ivan Sand Community Middle & High School

Welcome to Ivan Sand Community Middle & High School (ISCMHS), formerly the Elk River Area Learning Center.  ISCMHS is an alternative middle & high school for students with different or unique needs.  Alternative programs allow students who are at-risk of not graduating to attend nontraditional schools, both public and private and to earn a diploma.  Ivan Sand Community Middle & High School is committed to excellence and it is our plan to do everything we can to help you achieve all of your educational goals in an individual manner.

 We are a secondary program that is designed to help students receive individualized attention to succeed in meeting the same graduation requirements as students across the district and the state.  We have approximately 120 students and 12 teachers.  We use a variety of strategies that include smaller group settings and a strong emphasis on personal, social, and emotional growth.

 The school grew from the Elk River Area Learning Center, which opened in 1987 in response to the growing population of high school students who were seeking a learning environment that was different than the traditional setting.  Ivan Sand Community Middle & High School designed and opened in its own building in 1998.  It was dedicated and named after Ivan Sand who first proposed an alternative education option in Elk River.  Although Mr. Sand passed away from cancer in 1990, his family continues to support the students of Ivan Sand Community School and the staff continues to carry out his vision.

 In addition to offering a non-traditional high school and middle school setting, the staff at Ivan Sand coordinate a number of extended services offered in the district including extended-day, extended-year, after-school, and summer school programs.

 For more information about our schools or to register, contact our main office at 763-241-3530.

 Deanna Chiodo


Who can attend an alternative school? 

According to the State of Minnesota Department of Education, eligible students meet any of the following criteria:

  1. Performs substantially below the performance level for pupils of the same age in a locally determined achievement test
  2. Is behind in satisfactorily completing coursework or obtaining credits for graduation
  3. Is pregnant or is a parent
  4. Has been assessed as chemically dependent;
  5. Has been excluded or expelled according to sections 121A.40 to 121A.56
  6. Has been referred by a school district for enrollment in an eligible program or a program pursuant to section 124D.69;
  7. Is a victim of physical or sexual abuse;
  8. Has experienced mental health problems;
  9. Has experienced homelessness sometime within six months before requesting a transfer to an eligible program;
  10. Speaks English as a second language or has limited English proficiency;
  11. Has withdrawn from school or has been chronically truant; or
  12. 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.


Phone: (763) 241-3530
Fax: (763) 241-3532

Attendance: (763) 241-3530

1232 School Street
Elk River, MN  55330

Deanna Chiodo
(763) 241-3531

Michelle Hieks
Senior Administrative Assistant

Carol Sullivan
Administrative Assistant & Health Services Administrative Assistant

Joe Robinson
School Social Worker