For the second year running, Anchorage’s Holy Rosary Academy has taken honors as the top private school in Alaska. The latest national rankings by Niche, which surveyed tens of thousands of private schools across the U.S., placed the independent Catholic school as tops in the state.
In ranking schools, Niche provides a detailed analysis of each school in order to empower parents and students to find the best fit for their needs. Niche’s website provides more than 140 million reviews and ratings on schools across the nation.
Holy Rosary was given an “A” score by Niche, which ranks schools based on average SAT and ACT scores, colleges students are most interested in attending, college enrollment, culture and diversity, student-teacher ratio, and parent and student surveys. The average SAT score for Holy Rosary students is 1250.
In addition to its overall ranking, Holy Rosary scored number one in diversity and college preparation among Alaska’s private schools.
Founded in 1987 by Anchorage-area families, Holy Rosary has between 145 and 160 students (pre-K through12th grade) at any given time with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1.
According to the school website, Holy Rosary aims to assist and complement parents as the “primary educators,” and is open to students of all faiths.
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Teachers employ the basic tools of the Trivium, a course of study that follows the three-lane path of grammar, logic, and rhetoric derived from the classical Greek system of education.
“The Trivium honors the natural stages of children’s intellectual development: developing memory (grammar), sound reasoning (logic), and communication skills (rhetoric),” the school website notes. “Surrounded by well-qualified and faith-filled faculty and staff, the students are prepared to pursue their vocation and continue a lifelong love of learning.”
In addition to academics the school offers an assortment of athletic opportunities, as well as music, theater, art and other activities.
Rounding out the top seven private schools in Alaska were, in order of ranking: Lumen Christi Catholic High School (Anchorage), Catholic Schools of Fairbanks, Grace Christian School (Anchorage), Birchwood Christian School (Chugiak), Cook Inlet Academy (Soldotna) and Anchorage Christian Schools.