It is part of the education system of the Philippines but an alternative to the regular classroom studies where Filipino students are required to attend daily. The alternative system only require students to choose schedules according to their choice and availability.
The program has two different schematics for conducting instruction; school-based and community-based. On the school-based program, instructions are conducted in school campuses while in the community-based program, formal instruction are conducted in the community halls or on private places. The ALS program follows a uniform lesson modules for all academic subjects covering Sciences, Mathematics, English, Filipino, Social Studies, Current Events among others. Delivery of instructions are provided by government-paid instructors or by private non-government organization.
The ALS is a way for the informal and busy students to achieve elementary and high school education without need of going to attend classroom instruction on a daily basis just like the formal education system.