Wrangell Public Schools is surrounded by the beauty of Southeast Alaska and serves approximately 315 students in three school facilities in the heart of the community.
The Wrangell School Board states: “The purpose of education is to help ensure that all students will succeed in their education and work, shape worthwhile and satisfying lives for themselves, exemplify the best values of society, and be effective in improving the character and quality of the world about them.”
Evergreen Elementary There are 129 students in grades K-5 with an average class size of twelve students in the primary grades and twenty-three students per class in the intermediate grades. Students are encouraged to “excel to their potential” on a daily basis through academic and recreational pursuits. All daily activities and special events at the school are successful because of staff, family and community volunteers that support each child in their community.
Stikine Middle School and Wrangell High School host an array of highly qualified teachers offering courses in a variety of academic and elective areas. The curriculum is designed so that students can challenge themselves on a daily basis in an effort to prepare them for the rigors of life. These schools are a part of a dynamic and giving community that knows they must all work together to ensure the success of their youth.
Stikine Middle School, grades 6-8, is the home of the Fighting Cougers.
Wrangell High School is the home of the Wrangell Wolves. The High School offers many tech prep and career oriented courses for both high school and college credit. Approximately 40 college credits are available through a wide variety of courses. This provides students with a significant head start on their college and/or vocational education and saves parents upwards of thousands of dollars in tuition and college expenses.
All communities have individuals who have special needs and the Wrangell Public Schools has an excellent program to meet these needs. Children from the ages of 3 to their 22nd birthday are provided special education and related services based upon eligibility criteria. Two special education teachers coordinate special education and related services for the district. Whenever possible, the School Board desires both non-disabled and disabled children to share an interactive environment, which nurtures understanding, cooperation and mutual respect.
Wrangell Public School Board believes that understanding, acknowledging, and honoring cultural diversity is a must and that all children, given adequate opportunity and support, can learn. They agree that setting high standards, which sets high expectations, produces high achievement. The Board believes that results matter and teaching for results builds accountability for results. The results of this focus and effort is the proud report of all three schools having met the indicators of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as determined by the State of Alaska and the graduation rate being over 90%.
University of Alaska Southeast provide numerous on-line courses that residents can take for continuing education or toward degree programs. The University has campuses in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan and works closely with students of all ages to design degree programs to meet their needs.
Accredited On-line colleges are available across the country. Links to opportunities in Alaska are provided here.