Students in a working group

Project Return is a short-term, school-based program that is offered as an alternative to out-of-school suspension, or as an alternate educational setting. Students in grades 6-12 who are facing expulsion or are suspended for three to ten school days may enroll for up to 45 school days, during which time they continue to pursue their academic goals while participating in community services designed to support positive behavior.

Our approach

We focus on a well-rounded school program where students:

  • Make progress on their academic goals

  • Learn new behaviors that may reduce future suspensions

  • Utilize community support services, including addiction screening and treatment

  • Participate in restorative justice measures and mediation for involved parties

  • Create a personal portfolio that demonstrates self-awareness and reflections about their behaviors.

  • Are treated with respect, compassion and dignity by teachers and staff

Additional services and benefits

  • Restorative justice

  • Social work and school psychologists

  • Flexible learning spaces

  • Mental health support and support with addiction treatment

  • Full-size gym and weight-lifting rooms

  • Open to students in grades 6-12

How to enroll

When considering placement in Project Return, the administrator should contact the appropriate district representative. The member district, with the support of Project Return staff, determines the number of days the student will spend in Project Return.

When a student enters Project Return, a tentative home school re-entry plan is established with the student, parents, home school contact, community providers and a Project Return social worker. The plan includes what is needed for the student to successfully return to their home district and the return date. Completion of Project Return is individualized and is characterized by a variety of factors such as program attendance, participation in the program and/or completion of assigned activities, attainment of goals, demonstration, and application of restorative measures.

Project Return
Bellaire Education Center
2540 County Rd F East
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(map of location)

(p): 651-415-5530
(f): 651-415-5599
[email protected]

Staff directory

School hours

Monday - Friday
8:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

School leaders

Tammy Bednar