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Learn about the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs and our mission to empower students.

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Mission & History


To lead, promote, and support innovative learning experiences for all Minnesota students.


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 40+ years. Over the past 40 years enrollment in Minnesota alternative programs grew from 4,000 students to over 135,000 students. Currently MAAP supports members in over 540 Alternative Learning Centers, Alternative Learning Programs, and Contracted Alternative Programs in Minnesota, surrounding states, and Canada. 

MAAP continues to provide Professional Development for teachers and administrators new to alternative education through MAAP 101.  MAAP also sponsors an annual  professional development conference for teachers and administrators to exchange best practice idea in alternative education.  Through out the year MAAP membership  provides avenues of support for members needing assistance.  In addition MAAP STARS is noted as one of the nations best student organizations dedicated to the positive development for students in alternative education.

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Meet our Team

Get to know the dedicated volunteers behind MAAP, including the Board of Directors, Regional Directors, and Committee Leads.


Who is MAAP?

The Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs is made up of a diverse cross section of schools and students from all corners of Minnesota, representing rural and urban, charter and traditional districts.

MAAP exists to support, develop, and sustain innovative learning environments, and has helped served thousands of students over it's 40+ year history.

40 years
since the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs was founded
of MAAP schools are part of traditional districts
213 schools
across five regional districts actively participate every year
1,934 students
have participated in the MAAP STARS program since 1993.
Become a MAAP School


Find answers to commonly asked questions about our programs and services.

What is MAAP?

MAAP, the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs, is an organization dedicated to providing innovative learning experiences for all Minnesota students. We offer a wide range of programs and services to support students in their educational journey.

How can I get involved?

We welcome individuals and organizations who are passionate about education to join us in our mission. You can get involved by volunteering, attending our events, or becoming a member of MAAP.

Get started by reaching out to the appropriate contact on our contact page.

What are the benefits?

By being a part of MAAP, you will have access to a network of like-minded individuals and organizations, professional development opportunities, and the chance to make a positive impact on the education system in Minnesota.

How can I contact you?

You can reach out to us through email or our contact form on the website. We are always happy to answer any questions or provide further information about our programs and services.

Join MAAP and Make a Difference

Discover innovative learning experiences for Minnesota students and get involved in MAAP's mission.