Alaska offers very limited school choice options to families. The state does not offer private school choice.
Public School Choice:
Alaska offers intra-district open enrollment policies that give students in low-performing schools the opportunity to attend another school within their district, with preference given to children from low-income families.
Private School Choice:
Alaska does not offer private school choice.
Alaska has a charter school law, but according to the Center for Education Reform, it is considered weak because only the state board of education can authorize charter schools. The need to receive prior approval makes it very challenging for charter schools to open and expand. In 2013 the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools reported that there were about 6,000 students enrolled in the 27 charter schools throughout the state.
The Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning report notes that in 2011 the state launched Alaska's Learning Network (AKLN), a consortium of districts statewide that offer online courses. During the 2011-2012 school year, AKLN served 155 students wit 175 course enrollments. Alaska is also home to one full-time virtual school, the Alaska Virtual Academy, which served 85 students in grades K-8 from 2011-2012.
Click here for detailed information on Alaska's public school system and see below for school choice contacts and a history of school choice legislation in Alaska.