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Central High School (CHS) provides an educational opportunity for students in grades 9-12 whose educational, social, or vocational needs have not been met by a regular education program. The purpose of CHS is to provide students who have not been successful in a regular school program the opportunity to continue their high school education. The goal of the program is to help students become competent in academic, social, and life skills that are necessary to live and work as a responsible citizen. Credits earned toward graduation are transferred to each student's home high school where the diploma will be granted.

CHS programs provide a learning environment that empowers students, with the help of parents, teachers and community, to strive to reach their full potential. The CHS contracts with community resources (such as creative writing, music, weight lifting, yoga, swimming, etc...) to provide outside-the-classroom learning experiences. Learning is often theme-based. Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing are priorities as are the arts, technology and service learning. Learning is results-oriented. A primary role of CHS is to help students develop self-discipline and a strong sense of personal responsibility. Students are actively engaged in the learning process through the development of continual learning plans. The learning environment includes both individualized and group instruction. Students are grouped according to their learning needs.expression. 

In partnership with parents and our community, Mankato Area Learning Center exists to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high quality, challenging, and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society.

Central Freedom School is a part of the Mankato Area Public Schools District 77 Area Learning Center and Central Schools’ programming. 

Central Freedom School is a year-round high school program serving referred students who are in recovery from Chemical Dependency. Educational costs are the responsibility of the student’s home district, while the cost of the therapeutic portion of the program is the responsibility of the county of residence, students’ insurance provider or the family of the student.