Anchorage, AK Public and Private Schools Overview

There are three main school districts, including Anchorage School District, and several private schools that serve Anchorage students.

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Anchorage, AK

The Anchorage School District is nothing short of impressive. With 50,000 students sitting in the classrooms of more than 90 schools, the district ranked high on for their test results, which are higher than the national average.

The school district is also the largest public employer in Alaska. Even though this accommodates a majority of the public school district, there are also two other smaller school districts. Anchorage is also home to a number of private schools.

Public Schools

The Anchorage School District has a total 98 schools including high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, charter schools, a combined secondary center and vocational school, and other specialized schools and programs.

Additionally, the district has a wide selection of extracurricular activities in which middle school and high school students can participate. These range from cheerleading, football, Nordic skiing, hockey, track and field, and others. For other after-school activities, the Alaska School Activities Association offers declamation, drama, debate, forensics and music. The music program of East and Bartlett High Schools have been honored with Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise Awards for their music programs.

Other Public School Districts

There are two smaller community school districts as well. The Aleutian Region School District serves three communities in the Western Aleutian Islands, Nikolski, Atka and Adak. The other school district, the Chugach School District, has six schools and has been honored with the Alaska Performance Excellence in 2008 and the honorable Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, given by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Private Schools

There are approximately 22 private schools in the Anchorage area including a Montessori school. The schools include secular and parochial.

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