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  • The plan for high school transformation in the Anchorage School District.

Why the Shift?

College Ready

  • College


    Over 70% of living wage jobs will require something beyond a high school diploma; we must ensure more students are academically prepared to access post- secondary learning opportunities such as college and technical training.

  • How will the Academies of Anchorage work? 

  • What is the academy model?

  • Why reimagine the high school model?

  • How is Anchorage reimagining high schools?

  • What has happened so far in the process?

  • What changes will be made to Anchorage high schools as part of this process?

  • What does this look like in other communities?

  • Who will develop the master plan that guides this process?

  • What is an academy pathway?

  • Who will be responsible for expanding business partners for an academy?

  • Will every career pathway be offered at every school?

  • When will these changes begin?

  • How will this program provide exposure to career opportunities?

  • How can community and business members be involved in the work?

Career Ready

  • Climb


    Anchorage’s economic future depends on a robust, innovative workforce; we must provide educational pathways for all students that lead to in-demand, high-wage career opportunities.

  • What if my child will be in high school but graduate before 2028?

  • What should my student do if they are not interested in the career pathways offered by their school?

  • Will advanced classes such as AP, IB, and Dual-Enrollment still be offered in an academy model?

  • My student is interested in topics that are not part of a career pathway, such as the visual / performing arts, world languages and literature. Will they still be able to study those subjects?

  • Will all students be part of an academy?

  • How will students with disabilities participate in the academy model?

  • How does the academy model impact a military dependent that transfers to ASD once the school year has started, or later in their high school career?

  • What if my student is new to the school or community?

  • What happens if a student changes their mind about their chosen academy?

  • How are students who do not have a specific interest placed in an academy?

  • Will JROTC continue to be an option for my child?

  • How will World Language classes and immersion programs be impacted?

  • Will students still have the opportunity to attend King Tech?

  • Will students need to transfer to other schools?

Life Ready

  • Life ready


    College and career readiness programs have long focused on academic knowledge and behaviors, but social skills, interpersonal skills, and transition skills are taught separately; we must integrate these skills that are critical to helping students navigate their paths through life.

  • What professional development will teachers need to be prepared for academies?

  • What staff members are in an academy?

  • What academy would a core content area teacher teach in?

  • Why not just support what we already have?

  • How will elective classes be impacted?

  • How can teachers be involved in the work?

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  • The contents found on the Academies of Anchorage hot topics page were developed under a grant from the Department of Education.