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Anchorage District and Curriculum

Anchorage’s schools use a curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts and Mathematics. These rigorous standards are designed to insure that students leave school ready for college and careers. The Anchorage School District has created Parent Road Maps for these subjects so that parents can stay informed of the content and skills addressed in each grade level. The road maps also provide parents with ideas for working with students at home

The district’s program in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is designed to support the national goal of graduating more students that will pursue STEM careers and college programs. The STEM curriculum is designed to help students make essential connections across the individual STEM disciplines.

We currently cover the following Anchorage-area school district: Anchorage School District.

Schools in Anchorage include:

Bayshore Elementary School is located on 10500 Bayshore Drive, Anchorage, AK 99515‌, Bayshore Elementary School covers grades PreK-6 and can be contacted at 907-742-5360.  In 2016, Bayshore Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Blue Ribbon Schools are recognized for their overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps in subgroup of students. Students at Bayshore Elementary School take classes in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health, Music, Physical Education and Art. Students at the school also receive library instruction for 30 minutes each week. In English Language Arts, the curriculum taught to students includes the National Geographic Reach for Reading Common Core Program. It emphasizes phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Students read a variety of texts, including those which link to science and social studies. In writing, students practice writing argumentative, informative, and narrative texts. The Social Studies curriculum comprises of history, geography, civics, and government. In Science, an in-depth understanding of scientific processes, concepts and investigations are emphasized. For more information on the English Language Arts, Social Studie, and Science Tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.

Northern Lights ABC School is located on 2424 E Dowling Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507, Northern Lights ABC School covers grades PreK-8 and can be contacted at 907-742-7500. The school was originally established in 1978 as an alternative educational program. The curriculum emphasizes citizenship, values, discipline and patriotism. According the Alaska Curriculum Standards, students in K-5 mathematics are provided with a strong foundation in whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and decimals. This strong foundation helps students when they begin to learn about more challenging math concepts and problem solving questions involving the application of mathematical concepts. In 7th grade, students focus on understanding proportional relationships, operations with rational numbers and linear equations, word problems with scale drawings and geometric shapes, and statistics involving populations. The Alaska Curriculum Standards include the Common Core State Standards. In geometry, 7th grade students extend their knowledge from 6th grade, and continue working with area, the circumference of a circle, and the surface area of three-dimensional figures. They also extend their knowledge as they learn about congruence and similarity, and the relationships between angles formed by intersecting lines. For more information on the Mathematics tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.

West Anchorage High School is located on 1700 Hillcrest Dr, Anchorage, AK 99517, West Anchorage High School covers grades 9-12 and can be contacted at 907-742-2500. West Anchorage High School  was originally established in 1953 and had an enrollment of 1842 students in the 2016 school year, making it the second largest school in Alaska. The school is an International Baccalaureate (IB) School, and has been since February 2004. It is the only school in the Anchorage School District that offers the program, which allows for students to take college level courses while in high school, and emphasizes problem solving and a world perspective on issues facing the international community. Along with the IB program, West Anchorage High School also offers the Advanced Placement (AP) program.  Students who participate in the IB or AP program take exams at the end of the program. Depending on their scores in these exams, they can qualify for college credit. West Anchorage High School is also the home of the School Through the Arts Program. In this program, the study of art is integrated into other high school courses. Students can take STTA History, and STTA art studio courses among others. The school also has Spanish and Russian Immersion Programs, and a Medical and Process Technology Academy. For more information on the Spanish Language Tutoring SchoolTutoring Academy offers, please contact us.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Anchorage District Curriculum

Anchorage School District also implements a range of programs to support its diverse student population. Programs for special needs students, migrant students, gifted students and English language learners insure that all students have the opportunity to pursue courses of study that match their goals for the future.

The district recognizes the value of arts education and the positive impact it can have on student performance in all subject areas. The district offers a comprehensive music and visual arts curriculum in all grade levels.

World language courses include French, Spanish, Russian and German. District high schools offer a comprehensive Advanced Placement curriculum as well as courses that lead to an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Anchorage Educational News Area Educational News

  • Destination2020 - Destination 2020 is comprehensive, multi-year plan to increase student achievement in reading, writing and math. The plan focuses on improving the performance of every child to ensure at least one year’s academic growth each year. Goals include bringing about 90% achievement rate in reading, math, and writing on formal assessments and to provide increased learning opportunities to students.
  • Paralympic Sports for Students with Disabilities - The Anchorage School District, in partnership with Paralympic Sport Alaska, a program of Challenge Alaska, features competitive sports and developmental programs for students with disabilities. Students are able to develop athletic abilities in a wide range of sports for which they are competitive paths. Other programs offer students academic and enrichment opportunities in a number of subjects.
  • Gifted Mentorship Program - This program is for exceptional 11th and 12th grade high school students who have the self-discipline and interest to pursue independent study under the direction of an expert in each student’s field of interest. It provides school-to-work opportunities using skills learned in advanced courses at a level equal to college internships.

Anchorage Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed

SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.

About Anchorage, Alaska

The city of Anchorage is located in Alaska and covers 1,706 square miles of land, making it the fourth largest city by land in the United States, and even larger than Rhode Island, the smallest state. Anchorage is equidistant from New York City, Frankfurt and Tokyo, and is within 9.5 hours by plane of 90% of the industrialized world. It is for this reason that the Anchorage International  Airport is a common stop for international cargo flights, and a major shipping hub. In 1956, 1965, 1984-85 and 2002, the city won the All-America City Award by the National Civic League.

Historically, the population of Anchorage greatly increased after gold was discovered in the late 19th century. The city was founded in 1914 as the headquarters of the Alaska Railroad. Today, the city’s main economies are defense project, natural resources, and tourism. Anchorage is the home of the University of Alaska. The city also serves as the starting point for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Visitors to Anchorage won’t be disappointed by the towering mountains, sparkling glaciers, and wide variety of wildlife the city has to offer.

In 2017, the population of Anchorage was 294,356, making it the most populated city in the state of Alaska. 25.0% of the population was under 18, 28.0% of the population was between 18-34, 26.1% was 35-54, 11.9% was 55-64 and 9.0% was over the age of 65. The median household income in the city was $80,862 in 2017.

Alaska Railroad

The Alaska Railroad stretches from Seward and Whittier in south of Alaska, Fairbanks, beyond Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright in the interior of the state. The track is 470 miles in length, and trains carries both freight and passengers along the railroad. In the Summer, the railroad is a major tourist attraction. Riders can see beautiful views of the Alaskan scenery, and there are also private train cars owned by major cruise companies, where rides on the train are included with the tour packages. One of the routes is the Denali Star, which runs from Anchorage to Fairbanks. The route takes about 12 hours one way, and makes stops in Talkeetna and Denali National Park, where visitors can get a look at Denali Mountain, the tallest mountain in North America.  Although the route is only about 356 miles in total, the tracks wind through mountains and valleys, and trains must slow down. Another popular route is the Coastal Classic, which goes from Anchorage to Seward and stops at the Kenai Fjords National Park. Taking a ride on a train travelling the Alaska Railroad is a great way to experience the mountains and valleys the state has to offer!

Portage Glacier in Chugach National Forest

The Portage Glacier is a 6 mile long glacier found in Chugach National Forest. The glacier is located near the Begich/Boggs Visitor Center, which was built by the U.S. Forest Service in 1986. However, the glacier has since retreated, and a boat ride across Portage Lake is needed to be able to view the glacier. Commercial Boat tours are available, and visitors can watch for fractures of ice breaking off the glacier and falling into the water. Although it’s not possible to see the glacier from the visitor center, there are interesting displays to see there, including a simulated ice cave and live ice worms. There are also a foot trails that lead up to the glacier.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is dedicated to preserving the wildlife in Alaska. The center covers about 700 acres of land at the head of Turnagain Arm and the entrance to Portage Valley. The center cares for orphaned and injured wildlife, as well as wildlife born in captivity. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center opened to the public in 1993, and educates visitors about the animals at the center. Some of the center’s residents are Hugo the Grizzly Bear and Snickers the Porcupine. There are also black bears, Alaskan Moose, Elk, Muskoxen, Bald Eagles, Wood Bison, Great Horned Owls, and more. These animals live in large habitats that are similar to their natural environment. Multiple documentaries, films, and other media have been shot at the center.

Interesting Facts

  • About 40% of the total population in Alaska lives in Anchorage.
  • Other residents of Anchorage include the 1600 moose! Moose enjoy the tundra environment because they can easily navigate through the mushy terrain.
  • The city of Anchorage is the northernmost city in the United States with a population over 100,000.
  • As the city has no sales tax, it has been named by Kiplinger as the most tax-friendly city in the United States,
  • Anchorage is located within a 9.5 hour flying time to 90% of the industrialized world. This makes the city a major hub for shipping!

Chalk Talk: Using Technology to Help You Study

Nowadays, phones and computers are everywhere. Technology can be a distraction, but only if you make it so. Instead of just using technology for fun, consider utilizing it to help you with studying! Applications like Google Drive can help you store all your school related documents on the cloud so you can access them on any computer or phone. This is especially useful for studying on the go! Ever want to practice with flashcards, but don’t have time to create any? Try out Quizlet! With Quizlet, you can create your own online flashcard sets and also access sets created by other people. Quizlet even has its own phone app, so you can study on the go when you don’t have your computer. Staying organized is even easier with Google Keep, which allows you to write down quick notes from your phone or computer. Like other Google App, these notes sync across devices, so your to-do list is always with you. Using Google Keep also allows you to snap a picture from your phone to include in a note!