Anchorage School District - Educating All Students for Success in Life
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Did you know that the Anchorage School District (ASD) has more than 7 million square feet of facilities, has about 90 school and support buildings, and maintains the largest public facility footprint in the State of Alaska?
As Alaska’s largest public school system, the District’s priority is to create a safe and secure environment for students and staff. Extending the useful life of its buildings ensures that the buildings adequately support the educational needs of our students. ASD budgets nearly $21 million annually for building and preventive maintenance. A school’s functional life, without major renewals, ranges from 30 to 50 years. However, for many of ASD’s schools—built in the 1960s and 1970s, additional funds beyond the routine maintenance budget are occasionally needed.

This is accomplished through its annual Capital Improvement Program, funded by Municipal Bonds which will appear on the April 2nd ballot, during the Municipal Election.
The ASD bond is Proposition 1 on this year’s ballot.

Proposition 1 will support the Anchorage School District (ASD) with security and safety upgrades and school revitalizations.

The link below will give you details to make an informed decision.
The 2024 School Climate and Connectedness Survey is available!

Please take a few moments to fill it out online which helps ASD with strategic planning, evaluating programs, and improving community-school relationships in our schools.
When the weather outside is frightful, the ASD mobile app puts the information you need in the palm of your hand.

Our free app is available to anyone in our community who wants to stay connected, with additional features for current ASD families and students.

Download the app today to be sure you get the latest updates, including inclement weather alerts.
The Anchorage School District is changing school start and release times for elementary, middle, and high schools. The changes will begin this August, in the 2024-25 school year, to allow families and the community time to adjust.

New start times may affect schedules outside of school. Consider how it could impact your family and start thinking through changes you may have to make in childcare, transportation, work schedules or other activities. Anchorage after-school providers have been phenomenal partners as we continue to meet to discuss adjusting schedules.

Charter schools and Alternative programs have different start and release times.

For a list of every school’s start and release times, click here.
Seven of the District’s comprehensive middle schools and Stellar Secondary are preparing to welcome sixth-graders next school year. 

Moving elementary 6th graders to middle school programs provides long-term benefits for students including:

  • More options for core instruction

  • Increased elective / exploratory opportunities:

  • Band, orchestra, choir and PE are offered daily

  • CTE course offerings available

  • World language electives available

  • Daily PE classes and participation in sports and activities

  • Greater access to school counseling

  • Increased daily instruction in Social Studies & Science

  • Availability of higher level math (i.e. Algebra & Geometry)
ASD's Lottery is open! Apply today! The District is taking applications until March 21, 2024. ASD offers additional schools or programs outside of the typical neighborhood school. The District utilizes a randomized lottery system to provide equal opportunity for all students who would like to participate in a school or program outside your child’s neighborhood school.
Freshman Academy Video
Starting with the graduating class of 2028 (current 8th graders), Anchorage School District is adopting a new approach to provide students with career opportunities and workplace skills.

This means all future high school students will be a part of an academy and participate in a career-themed course every year.

Starting In fall 2024, students entering 9th grade will explore career pathways so they can make informed choices based on their interests, passions, and workforce trends. Current 9th and 10th grade students will also have opportunities to participate in career-themed courses, starting in Fall 2025, during their 11th and/or 12th grade year(s).

Stay tuned for the latest developments through the Academies of Anchorage webpage, including the FAQ section that is regularly updated. You may also submit a question at the bottom of the Academies of Anchorage Hot Topics page, or by emailing questions to [email protected] .

We are eager to involve parents and guardians in understanding and shaping the academy structure.

We urge you to please fill out the Academies of Anchorage Parent/Guardian Survey here.
For more information about the Academies of Anchorage, please click the link below:
The District is making a series of adjustments to its reading instruction to help students become better readers. Reading is foundational for students’ academic journeys, future opportunities, and overall success. Research shows time and again that reading proficiency by the end of the third year sets students on a path to excel academically and unlocks a world of possibilities for their futures.

ASD’s goal is for 80% of third-grade students to be strong readers by 2026. To achieve that goal, the District is implementing a number of changes this school year.

New reading curriculum – You'll notice a new reading curriculum for students in grades K-3. (Grades 4-5 will be implemented in the following 2024-25 school year.) ASD's dedicated teachers and staff are provided specialized training to effectively implement this curriculum.

New state requirements – The Alaska Reads Act has six strategic components designed to provide support to schools so all students read at grade level by the end of third grade. The new law incorporates a series of requirements for districts and teachers. These adjustments present an opportunity for educators and parents to work together to support young readers and open doors of opportunity and future success through the power of reading.
The Anchorage School District recognizes March as Women's History Month and will celebrate the achievements of women here in Alaska.
Congratulations, Sara Miller, Alaska 2024 School Counselor of the Year

Congratulations to South Anchorage High School Counselor Sara Miller, who was recently recognized as Alaska’s 2024 School Counselor of the Year.

A counselor in ASD for 20 years, Sara created the Civic Leadership program at South, which provided students the opportunity to mix community service with their classes to earn college credits at UAA: University of Alaska Anchorage.

Thank you Sara for your commitment to students.

We appreciate you!
Check out the new podcast, ASD Shine Bright, which highlights the awesome things students and staff are doing in the Anchorage School District. Listen to amazing stories, journeys, challenges, and successes. In the latest interview we interview 2024 Alaska Teacher of the Year Catherine Walker.
Annual Wolverine ASD Elementary Basketball Tournament
Move over NBA!

We have our own all-stars on and off the court in the Anchorage School District as ASD’s Elementary School Basketball teams showed out recently at the annual Wolverines Invitational Basketball Tournament put on by longtime founder/organizer Leroy Jones, a Physical Education Teacher at Willow Crest Elementary.

About 30 ASD elementary students ages 10-12 displayed great team work and sportsmanship while having fun playing basketball.

Thank you to the Alaska IBEW Local 1547 for the sponsorship and the Gamma Alpha Alpha Chapter for volunteering.

Thank you Leroy Jones for organizing this tournament (since 2009) and league (since 1993) at no cost to student athletes.

We appreciate you!
Community partners and District departments will be providing information and will be available to help families sign up for services.

Partners include: AK Public Media, Anchorage Public Library, ASD Preschool, Charlie's Produce, Food Bank of Alaska, KCI Head Start, SNAP/TANF, The Children's Lunchbox, Trendsetters.

This event is available to ASD families.

Hot meals will be served.
Mat-Su 2024 Arctic Winter Games
The Mat-Su 2024 Arctic Winter Games is happening during spring break from March 10-16, in the Valley and Anchorage.

There will be 2,000 athletes in 20 sports, showcasing their talent from ASD, Alaska, and the world.
5530 E Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99504