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Referrals & Eligibility

Once a student meets the eligibility requirements, they must meet with a school counselor for registration at Burnsville Alternative High School. The following will be completed: a transcript or credit report, a Continual Learning Plan and a discussion of the BAHS philosophy and policies. Parent permission is necessary for a student who is enrolled in high school and under eighteen years of age.


A student under the age of 21 must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to choose a nontraditional education program:

  • Performs substantially below the performance level for pupils of the same age in a locally determined achievement test
  • Is at least one year behind in satisfactorily completing coursework or obtaining credits for graduation
  • Is pregnant or is a parent
  • Has been assessed as chemically dependent
  • Has been excluded or expelled
  • Has been referred by a school district for enrollment in an eligible program
  • Is a victim of physical or sexual abuse
  • Has experienced mental health problems
  • 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
  • Has withdrawn from school or has been chronically truant
  • 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 currently being treated, and resides with the pupil’s family at least 60 miles beyond the outside boundary of the seven county metropolitan area

Special Education Services

A team meeting  is required if a student is receiving Special Education services. The team must agree that BAHS will best meet the student’s educational needs. Individuals involved should include but may not be limited to: principal and/or counselor, BAHS administration/Special Ed. lead, BHS or former school case manager, regular education teachers, parents and the student. Parents are encouraged to be present at the meeting.