Educational opportunities in the Anchorage School District
Neighborhood elementary schools offer a top quality and well-rounded education with an emphasis on the communication skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Mathematics, science, social studies, health, P.E., art and music are also included.
Neighborhood middle schools provide an environment and structure especially adapted for the middle school student. Students belong to a team whose teachers provide core academic subjects as well as having access to a variety of elective programs.
Neighborhood high schools use groupings of students organized into smaller learning communities. These SLCs include core curriculum teachers as well as specialist teachers and professionals for electives, exploratory learning and focused interventions.
Other educational opportunities
Alternative schools at the elementary level include ABC (Anchorage Basic Curriculum), Montessori and Open Optional programs.
At the middle and high school levels, alternative programs offer a variety of choices from a science focus, to International Baccalaureate, to programs for at-risk teens and others choices in between.
Charter schools are public schools that offer alternative teaching methods or curriculum. They operate under a contract with the district and have more independence than neighborhood schools.
World languages programs
The district's K-12 World Languages program prepares students linguistically and culturally to live and work harmoniously in multilingual communities at home and around the world.
Students may only attend these programs either through school recommendation, current life situation or assessment of need.
Preschool programs are federally funded and not available at every school. ASD provides Title I, Kids' Corp. and Head Start, Migrant and Special Education preschool classrooms.