Welcome to the Charles F. Fernandez Center for Alternative Learning

  • The Alternative High School was started in Stevens Point in 1988, as a school for SPASH students who needed an alternative place to learn.  The original location was the Emerson Building until October 2001, when the school was relocated downtown on Clark Street until this year.  In 2004 the school was renamed The Charles F. Fernandez Center For Alternative Learning (CFC), after Charles Fernandez, a volunteer and strong advocate for the students.  We are excited to start the 2023-2024 school year across the river from downtown in our new location at 1900 West Zinda Drive in Stevens Point.

    Our program options are individualized for each student. Different courses and options are available to help each student reach the required 23.5 credits to graduate. Students, in conjunction with their parent(s)/guardian(s) participate in building their plan to earn their high school diploma through personalized learning.

    Students are essentially in the “driver’s seat” and are in charge of their own plan to reach their goal of graduation. We serve grades 11-12 and are referral based. 

    Our enrollment ranges from 90-120 students depending on the time of the school year. 

    We have half-day programming options, so students are enrolled in either a morning or an afternoon session. 

    Our students have had the opportunity to work with mentors in our wood shop since 1998, as well as volunteer opportunities that include mentoring elementary students.  CFC students also assist UWSP Health and Wellness students in their interactive presentations. 

    If you or your student are interested in having your student attend Fernandez Center, make an appointment with the student's guidance counselor at SPASH to explore criteria and consider making a referral to Fernandez Center.