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 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Ralph says:

    Having both Public and Private Schooling… I can tell you Private is best by FAR.
    You want apathetic, entitled children.. send them to the public indoctrination centers.

  • Alexander Dolitsky says:

    Success at school begins at home. Here is the bottom line: Place a student from a home that values education in a class with an impartial teacher who loves and proficient in his/her subject and enjoys teaching, and learning takes place. Everything else is a “window dressing”

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    God said, raise your children in the way of the Lord
    They will grow up to be good adults but not perfect.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    I urge parents who are undecided or on the edge, choose an alternative to public schools. There are many, both private and charter.
    While there are still some good teachers in PSs, the structure is rotten to the core and getting worse.
    “But, but, but… I don’t have time.”.
    “But, but but… it’s too expensive.”.
    “But, but, but… the public schools have better athletics and programs.”.
    OK, but remember: you’ll have to live with the results of your choice if you leave them in a poisonous environment. You may think you can counter it because you have a strong home life and your kids are tough. Maybe you think your kids will be missionaries in a heathen environment. Be careful! Why throw your kids into a snake pit just because you think they are immune to the venom? “A little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough.”.

  • M.John says:

    Love your work, Joel, but I hope kids are educated well enough to construct a better sentence than that headline.
    It’s time to decide how your kids will be educated this year.
    It’s time to decide: How will your kids be educated this year?