• Special Schools is a part of the Anchorage Public School District supporting the unique needs of students requiring comprehensive and innovative instruction to achieve success.


    Academic instruction is provided at eight different school locations within the Anchorage area.  Each school welcomes students with differing academic abilities, developmental and emotional challenges.

  • Bragaw Heights

    (North Star Behavioral Health Systems) - 1500 DeBarr Circle

    Bragaw Heights is located on the North Star Behavioral Health Systems (NSBHS) campus and provides acute care for adolescent girls.  This special school provides educational services to students during their stay at NSBH.  Students may earn credit toward graduation.


    Humphrey Heights

    (Providence Health and Services) – 3210 W 62nd Ave.

    Humphrey Heights provides long-term treatment for up to 10 adolescent girls. Students attend school on campus and may have a part-time placement at a local high school or middle school when transitioning out of the program.  Credits are earned toward graduation.


    Jesse Lee Home

    (Alaska Child and Family) – 4600 Abbott Road

    The Jesse Lee Home is a long-term residential treatment facility serving adolescent boys.  Educational services are provided in two Special School classrooms of approximately 10-15 students each. Credits toward graduation are earned while in attendance.  Youth are referred to the Jesse Lee Home by state and private agencies.

  • DeBarr Heights

    (North Star Behavioral Health Systems) – 2530 DeBarr Road

    Located on the North Star Behavioral Health Systems campus, DeBarr Heights is an acute care facility serving children and adolescent boys, K-12, for an average stay of 28 days.  The school provides for elementary students, as well as adolescent boys. Students are usually referred for treatment by parents/guardians or community agencies.


    McKinley Heights

    (ARCH – Volunteers of America) – 8012 Steward Mt. Drive, Eagle River

    McKinley Heights provides secondary educational services for adolescent boys and girls in residential treatment for significant substance abuse and mental health concerns.  The average stay in the program is 6 to 7 months.  Students earn credit toward graduation while in residence.


    Maplewood Group Home

    (Alaska Child and Family) – 2311 Maplewood Drive

    Maplewood Group Home is a long-term residential treatment program for secondary adolescent girls.  Credits may be earned toward graduation.  Referrals for treatment are made through state and private agencies. 

  • Turning Points

    (North Star Behavioral Health Systems) – 1500 DeBarr Circle

    Turning Points provides educational services to adolescent girls enrolled in the long-term residential program located on North Star Behavioral Health Systems campus. Students earn credit toward graduation while in attendance.  


    Providence Heights

    (API) 3700 Piper Street

    Providence Heights provides educational services for secondary students, in acute care at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute.  The classroom serves approximately 12 students at any given time.  Referrals to the facility are made through the police department, court order, parent or legal guardian.