Educators & Students Statewide
Alaskan educators and students experience a unique learning environment due to Alaska’s large size, remote villages, and cultural diversity.
Alaska has just 732,000 residents scattered across an area larger than most countries in the world.
Alaskan students come from a variety of cultures. In urban areas, you will find students from white, Native Alaskan, Asian, Hispanic, African-American, and dozens of other world cultures. In remote villages, students and residents may be predominantly Alaska Native–Yup’ik or Inupiaq Eskimo, Aleut, Athabaskan, Tlingit, Haida, or Tsimshian. Cultural values and traditions are an important part of school programs.
Alaskan schools vary greatly in size. High schools in Anchorage, the state’s largest city, may serve more than 2,000 students. Schools in other urban areas may serve hundreds of students and are similar to schools in small cities in the rest of the United States.
Many schools in rural areas are small, some with 20 or fewer students at a variety of grade levels. They may be many miles from population centers and services, and accessible only by aircraft, boat or snowmachine.
In remote villages, schools often serve as centers of community activity and successful teachers often teach subjects outside their fields, lead extracurricular activities, and form educational partnerships with the community, and design education that fits particular places.
Due to the remote nature of many of its schools, Alaska is on the cutting edge of using computers and distance education to expand opportunities for students, educators and administrators.
Youth & Adult Learners in Southeast Alaska
Through the Learning Connection, SERRC serves adult learners at all levels. Our students range from professionals brushing up their work skills, newly arrived immigrants, and and non-traditional students to those looking to pass GED tests, and improve basic reading and writing skills.
Participants in The Learning Connection at Gruening Park, MASST, and Youth Services meet specific age and income eligibility requirements.