With the first day of school just a few weeks away, Alaska parents have some tough decisions to make. Many have already decided to continue or begin homeschooling or private education. While every family is different, many parents want to avoid the interruption, mandates and general uncertainty surrounding COVID. Others want to ensure their children receive an education that supports, rather than undermines, their deeply held cultural and religious values.

If you’re considering an alternative to public school, we recommend contacting nearby private schools or one of the many homeschooling programs available in Alaska. They are actively enrolling students for the fall and are more than willing to give tours and answer nuts-and-bolts questions about finances, schedules and curriculum.

The education of our children is one of the most important gifts we can bestow. It is critical to think deeply about the very best options we can realistically provide.

Here are some helpful links to begin your research.
Publicly funded homeschool programs in Alaska
Independent non-governmental homeschool options
50 top religious and private schools in Alaska

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It’s time to decide how will your kids be educated this year

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.