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Iditarod Area School District Info

The Iditarod Area School District recognizes the unique and distinctive nature and culture of each child and will work towards providing an individualized, comprehensive, sequential, and culturally-relevant educational program.

The district acknowledges the value of forming partnerships between the school and the family. The role of the parents in the education of the child is of primary importance and we welcome your active involvement in school and district.

The district consists of the following eight sites:

* Blackwell School
* McGrath School
* David-Louis Memorial School
* Top of the Kuskokwim School
* Holy Cross School
* Innoko River School
* Minchumina School
* Takotna Training Center and Community School
* Lime School, and
* Distance Learning Center.

The Distance Learning Center consists of 250 full time students.

The District is centered in McGrath, Alaska which is located 221 miles northwest of Anchorage and 269 miles southwest of Fairbanks in Interior Alaska. It is adjacent to the Kuskokwim River directly south of its confluence with the Takotna River. It lies at approximately 62d 57m N Latitude, 155d 35m W Longitude (Sec. 18, T033N, R033W, Seward Meridian). The community is located in the Mt. McKinley Recording District. The area encompasses 38 sq. miles of land and 5 sq. miles of water.

A little less than half of the population are Athabascans, Eskimos or Aleuts. As a regional center, McGrath offers a variety of employment opportunities, but subsistence remains an important part of the local culture. About 10 families in town have dog teams which they enter into the Iditarod, Kuskokwim 300, and Mail Trail 200 sled dog races.

McGrath functions as a transportation, communications, and supply center in Interior Alaska. It has a diverse cash economy, and many families rely upon subsistence. Salmon, moose, caribou, bear, and rabbits are utilized. Some residents trap and tend vegetable gardens.

The McGrath area has a cold, continental climate. Average summer temperatures range from 62 to 80, winters temperatures can range from -64 to 0. Precipitation is light, averaging 10 inches per year, including an average snowfall of 86 inches. The Kuskokwim River is generally ice-free from June through October.

Iditarod Area School District is a publicly funded organization
Enrollment: 610
No. of Schools: 8

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