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Sitka Borough School District Info

Mission Statement

Reflecting our unique historical, cultural, and environmental diversity, the Sitka School District, promotes the love of learning and educates all students to become globally competent, literate, responsible and culturally sensitive citizens.

"Educating Today's Children To Become Tomorrow's Leaders."

The District consists of the following sites:
* Pacific High School
* Sitka High School
* Blatchley Middle School
* Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, and
* Baranof Elementary School

A Little About: Our Community Schools

Each year some 3,000 Sitkans take part in one or more activities sponsored by Community Schools. Sitka Community Schools offers programs to meet the needs and interests of all members of the community from school-based programs, sports, afterschool child care, swimming, and summer recreational programs.

Concept of Community Schools

Using schools as hubs for public activity makes sense. Schools are one of our major resources and investments. What better way to make use of them than through community activities? Traditional school hours leave plenty of time to schedule them for other uses. In Sitka, over 65 groups including the Teen Center, Scout Troops, Little League and the Filipino Community meet in classrooms. School recreational facilities, including four gymnasiums, the Blatchley pool and track, and multipurpose rooms are scheduled and used by literally thousands of Sitkans each year. Affordable fees are charged for Community Schools programs with scholarships available to low income youth.

The people of Sitka are at the core of Community Schools. Each year, over 30 individuals teach classes and share their skills with the community. 100's of volunteers coach youth sports and help with family nights. Many more people take part in and actively support our programs. Community Schools provides ways for people, particularly youngsters, to develop their skills. For example, youth who obtain life guarding certification at Blatchley Pool and work there during their high school years can learn leadership skills while gaining a strong sense of resposibility. These young people are also encouraged to gain additional certifications obtainable through the Blatchley Pool. This training coupled with the practical experience of working with people of all ages, increases their potential for success in the future.

The district also consists of a Home School.

The Sitka School District is also committed to on-going training opportunities for all staff in the area of technology especially as it relates to the integration of technology into the curriculum and educational standards for students.

The district is located in the heart of Sitka, Alaska. Sitka is settled on Baranof Island, located on the outer coast of Alaska's Inside Passage. Like most Southeast Alaska communities, Sitka is accessible only by air and sea. Once in Sitka, visitors can travel by taxi, tour bus, rental car, or bicycle, for those not bringing their car or RV via the ferry. The downtown area is centrally located and most points of interest are within walking distance of one another.

One look at lovely Sitka and you'll know why Alexander Baranof, governor of the Russian American Company, decided to build his "castle" here. With views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water's edge, Sitka is considered Alaska's most beautiful seaside town. Sitka's past is a unique blend of Tlingit culture and Russian history.

Our historic and scenic community is situated on Baranof Island, nestled between forested mountains and the great Pacific Ocean, on the outer waters of Alaska's Inside Passage. Sitka offers a combination of Native culture, Russian history, and Alaskan wilderness which will provide a diverse and unequaled experience.

Wildlife adds to Sitka's natural beauty. Our mild climate, rich habitat and relatively low human population make Sitka one of the best places to view wildlife. Nearby waters are a popular feeding ground for humpback whales in the late fall and early spring. Summertime provides a wonderful opportunity to view tufted puffins and other sea birds at St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge. While out on the ocean, you may also spot sea otters, sea lions and other marine wildlife.

Sitka lies at the heart of the largest temperate rain forest in the world, the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy the fresh outdoors on well-marked mountain trails. Take to the water for a picturesque boat trip or kayaking adventure among nearby islands or charter a boat to nearby fishing grounds to fish for world-class salmon and halibut.

Sitka Borough School District is a publicly funded organization
Enrollment: 1581
No. of Schools: 5

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