Areas of Need

  • The programs and campaigns listed below aim to help students succeed in school despite barriers that make getting to school and staying in school a challenge. Alternative school programs and student and family assistance programs offer help with school supplies and other basic needs that might not be met outside of school. These programs help create a more equitable educational environment to help us achieve our mission of educating all students for success in life.  Please understand this list is not exhaustive. If you would like to donate in another area, but do not see it listed, reach out to the Development and Grants office.


    *AK State School for Deaf & Hard of Hearing (AKSDHH): 

    Provides an educational option for preK-12 deaf and hard of hearing students that fosters and supports the development of both American Sign Language and English. Options are available at:

    • Russian Jack Elementary School
    • Clark Middle School
    • East High School


    *Benny Benson Alternative High School Programs:

    Crossroads is a specialized program offered to pregnant and parenting teens in grades 9th-12th. The primary goal of Crossroads is to help students stay on track to graduate from high school, while supporting the student in having a healthy pregnancy and a good start to parenting their child, if they choose to raise their child.

    Night School: The Night School program is for students that are working a day job or have other obligations that prohibit them from attending school during the day. The night school program offers students that are behind in credits an accelerated path to graduation, meaning students can earn credits faster than if at a traditional high school.


    *Career and Technical Education (CTE):

    Strives to create rigorous, career-focused pathways. CTE pathways provide students with an in-depth introduction to career fields and lead to industry-recognized certifications, apprenticeships and post-secondary education.  CTE pathways are offered in middle school and high school, creating a cohesive system of career exploration and development for all students.


    Child in Transition (CIT)

    ASD’s Child in Transition Program (CIT) provides services and supports to students and families that are or become homeless during the school year. CIT's main focus is providing educational stability, enrollment assistance and academic support to our students. Through generous community donations and grant funding, CIT assists some families and students with supports that help on their path to self-sufficiency. Some examples of this support are school supplies, clothing vouchers, grocery store gift cards and phone cards. With these supports and collaboration with community partners, CIT strives to give students and families the supports they need to succeed academically and to put themselves on the path to sustainable permanent housing.


    *Highly Gifted & Ignite

    Highly Gifted is designed to meet the educational and social/emotional needs of students identified as highly gifted who benefit from academic enrichment beyond what can be provided in a standard school environment. This program is available at Rogers Park Elementary, Roaming Middle School, and West High School.

    IGNITE is an enrichment-based pull-out program for gifted learners who have met the eligibility criteria under ASD's Plan of Service for Gifted Students. The program is available districtwide to students in grades 2-6, offering enrichment opportunities that incorporate universal themes with classroom learning.


    *McLaughlin Secondary:

    One example of the partnership formed between the Department of Juvenile Justice and Anchorage School District to meet the educational needs of the residents of McLaughlin Youth Center. Our mutual mission at McLaughlin School is to help all students become citizens of good character with a range of skills necessary for success in life.


    *New Path High School


    *Special Education (SPED) Services:

    are available to eligible students from ages 3 through 22 who experience disabilities and require specially designed instruction. Individual special education programs are cooperatively developed by an individual education planning (IEP) team which includes parents, teachers, administrators and, when appropriate, other specialists.


    Specialized Academic Vocational Education (SAVE):  

    is an alternative high school within the Anchorage School District that specializes in working with juniors and seniors who are significantly behind in credit. Our highly qualified teachers provide academic curriculum including math, science, English, social studies, and physical education. Academics are combined with vocational experience training, service learning, and community involvement. Students attend SAVE for three periods, either in the morning or in the afternoon, after which they attend King Tech or work at a local business. SAVE High School specializes in “meeting the student where he or she is.” Coursework is tailored to individual student needs, and student performance goals are set to meet the expectation of earning a diploma and graduating from high school.