Best Schools for Teachers in Alaska

If you are considering a career as an educator in Alaska, or considering changing jobs within the field, you should look for the a school that will offer you the most fulfillment. This article profiles five of the most highly rated schools in Alaska, considering factors such as student performance on standardized tests, graduation rates, student-to-teacher ratio, and student demographics. While finding the right environment to teach and work in is a highly personal decision that requires significant research (and preferably field-trips), these schools are great places for any educator to look into.

South Anchorage High School

According to US News & World Report, South Anchorage High School is the state’s number one high school. The school boasts a graduation rate of 83.7% and a college readiness index of 39.6, indicating that the students apply themselves and often go on to higher education. The student to teacher ratio is 22:1, which makes for manageable class sizes.

Mat-Su Career & Tech Educational High School ranks Mat-Su Career & Tech Educational High School as the best in Alaska based on standardized test scores. The school serves a large population of high-needs students, with 40% receiving free or reduced price lunch. But it also has an extremely low student-to-teacher ratio of 13.3, creating a more personal atmosphere than the average public school.

Sitka High School

According to US News & World Report, Sitka is Alaska’s ninth best high school. The school has higher minority enrollment (45%), Alaskan Native enrollment (30%), and economically disadvantaged enrollment (30%), than other high-performing Alaskan schools. It also offers a very low student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1, meaning that you will have the opportunity to work closely with a highly diversified group of students.

Colony High School

Colony High School ranks third in Alaska according to and sixth according to US News & World Report. About a third of the students take advanced placement courses, and the school also offers some vocational programming. Students also excel in extracurricular activities, winning 13 state championship titles in cheerleading, wrestling, and the Science Olympiad in the past seven years. This school offers an appealing mixture of academic rigor and extracurricular enthusiasm, college prep students and those learning a trade to prepare for a career.

 West Valley High School

West Valley High School was ranked fourth in the state by US News and World Report and seventh by 30% of students take AP classes, and the same percentage of students are minorities. The student-to-teacher ratio is 18:1, which is about average for the state. West Valley High also has a very high rate of extracurricular involvement, particularly in the areas of Spanish, theater, and volleyball.


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