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Next Steps--School Start Times

ASD has been exploring changes to its current school start times at the direction of the Anchorage School Board. In March and April, focus groups and open house events were held to inform the community and gather feedback.

At the May 7 School Board meeting, two revised scenarios were presented by Western Demographics, the company conducting the District's Start Time Change Study. Both options have no classes starting before 8 a.m. The first option delays the current schedule so each level would start 30 minutes later; the second option has elementary starting an hour earlier at 8 a.m. followed by high school at 8:45 a.m. and middle school at 9:30 a.m.


  • A phone survey of parents in the community determine preferences (completed May 10-12)
  • Superintendent will present the District's recommendation to the School Board at the May 21 meeting
  • School Board is scheduled to make a determination at the June 4 meeting

If changes are approved to start times, they will be implemented in the 2019-20 school year.


Learn more about why ASD is exploring school start times