About our elementary alternative schools
Alternative schools at the elementary level include ABC (Anchorage Basic Curriculum) schools that use a back-to-basic approach, a Montessori school with a child-centered focus and Open Optional schools that recognize individual strengths, needs and interests.
Please contact your school if you have questions about the curriculum or your child’s progress. There are many opportunities for parent involvement.
Types of elementary alternative schools
Anchorage Basic Curriculum
ABC Schools embrace a back-to-basic approach to education. Character education, a strong emphasis on citizenship, values, discipline and patriotism make the program unique. Parents, children and staff working together for a common goal characterizes the ABC School.
Montessori is a child-centered educational approach that holds a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. Components include mutli-age groupings, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity.
Open Optional schools provide students with a strong foundation in all academic areas. The program recognizes individual strengths, needs and interests, and supporting social and emotional growth. Students experience multi-age classrooms, team-teaching, and assessments based on goal-setting, self-evaluations and portfolios rather than traditional report cards.