What’s so unique about ARLA?

Here are some notable things about our model that set us apart from traditional schools:

ARLA’s unique school year and calendar with intensives provides time for cross-curricular field work and research.

The school will offer five concentration areas for specialization: Arts and Humanities, Boreal Ecology, Community Planning, Northern Food Production, and Renewable Energy.

• Grade-specific credit requirements include Freshman and Senior Transitions, Personal Finance, Human Relations, Character Education, and Career Mentorship.

Partnerships being developed with APU, UAF Experiment Farm, and UAA/Mat-Su College for sharing of resources, instructional support, curriculum development, teacher training, and college credit options.

Community connections integrated in daily instruction help kids develop roots and feel closer to their community through place-based project learning, incorporation of indigenous and other local experts, collaborations with local colleges, and career mentorship.

Rigorous academics focused on practical real-world application for college and professional preparation.

Each student has a teacher mentor for support and guidance.

Students have active roles in food production, processing, and distribution

Renewable energy and Cold Climate Construction courses offered through Mat-Su College help prepare students to up-and-coming career opportunities.

Across curricula learning has a strong component of outdoor study and physical activity

Relative to larger traditional schools, this small school offers increased capability for nurturing of a school community that feels more like a family.

This school will attract a broad range of learners motivated to be more involved in education.