APPLE Program

  • The Alternative Parent Participation Learning Experience (APPLE) program is open to all children in grades K-5 who live within Spokane Public Schools’ boundaries. Families commit to volunteer 90 hours per year (approximately 2.5 hrs. per week) in a variety of ways. Some examples include:

    • Working in the classroom with individuals and small groups
    • Preparing materials and supplies
    • Attending monthly evening meetings
    • Chaperoning field trips
    • Serving on a committee
    • Assisting with the whole school PTG

    APPLE families become part of a dynamic, caring community sharing a common goal of enriched learning for children through parent involvement.


    • Franklin Elementary, 2627 E. 17th Ave., 509.354.2620
    • Garfield Elementary, 222 W. Knox Ave., 509.354.2700


    Annual curricular plans are determined by standard based objectives, themes and goals jointly developed by parents, teachers, students and APPLE teachers’ professional knowledge.

    SPS-approved core curriculum and instructional materials are used in APPLE classrooms. Teachers use parent participation and community resources both in the classroom and during field trips to enrich learning and provide students with hands-on, real world experiences and connections.

    How to join

    Inevitably, there are more interested families than available spots each year. Families wishing to be placed in the lottery must: 

    1. Complete the online application (available in January 2024)
    2. Attend a parent information session:

    Families interested in APPLE may attend either information session. Attending information night sessions offer school tours with school admin and teachers available for Q&A. It is highly recommended families attend the school session of your choice.