Why charter?

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District prides itself on offering a broad menu of school choices. In addition to traditional and alternative schools, the district offers several innovative charter school options, ranging from Waldorf-inspired to one supporting home-school families. Most of these charter schools serve only K-8. Consequently, many parents of these charter school students are concerned about where to send their children once they have completed the eighth grade.

These parents are part of a dramatically growing number of families across the nation seeking alternative approaches to learning, smaller class sizes, and more personalized, involved relationships with their schools. According to the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, last year alone more than 600 new charter schools opened across the country.

Local parents are telling us they want a high school with an emphasis on place-based, experiential learning, where sustainability and social responsibility are integrated throughout the curricula. They want rigorous academic programs relevant to an increasingly complex world, where learning takes place through doing, life skills are part of the fabric of academics, and achieving a diploma is not an end point, but the beginning of a journey of inquiry, exploration, and discovery. Our school is committed to providing this kind of learning community.