Located in interior Alaska…
The heartland of the last
The Copper River School District is located within the Copper River Basin. The school district boundaries include approximately 23,100 square miles in the south central interior of Alaska. Paved roads connect all of the present school sites. Major highways (Glenn and Richardson) lead to Anchorage, Valdez, Fairbanks, and Tok. There are several major rivers dissecting through the valley. The communities are similar to other rural Alaska communities and most have modern conveniences. Access to commodities and services are good.
The population of the district is approximately 3,000. Our current school enrollment is about 747 students in grades K-12 at eight (8) locations plus correspondence students. Native Alaskans constitute around 25 percent of the student enrollment. The cultural aspects of a rather significant native population, predominately Athabaskan, play an important part in the area’s development.
The Copper River School District consists of the following sites:
* Glenn High
* Glenn Elementary
* Kenny Lake High
* Kenny Lake Elementary
* Copper Center
* Gakona, and
* Lottie Sparks
The District is a part of The Alaska Quality Schools Initiative.
The district is located in Copper River Valley. The Copper Valley is well centered for adventure, whether it be on a river, glacier or a mountain. The Copper Valley, which includes the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, is located in Southcentral Alaska. Located 189 miles northwest of Anchorage, 250 miles south of Fairbanks and 115 miles north of Valdez, and approx. 200 miles from Canada. The Copper River Valley is accessed by two major highways, the Richardson (Rt.4) and the Glenn (Rt.1).
Surrounded by four mountain ranges, the Wrangell-St. Elias mountains to the east, the Alaska Range to the north, the Chugach to the south, and the Talkeetnas to the west. The Wrangell Mountain Range has some of the highest peaks in North America: Mount Sanford 16,237 ft., Mount Drum 12,010 ft., Mount Blackburn 16,390 ft., Mount Wrangell 14,163 ft. Because of this great location, vast wilderness, spectacular scenery and wildlife, many visit Copper River Valley, Alaska for the adventure of a life time.
Summer recreational activities include rafting, hiking, flightseeing and excellent fishing; King Salmon, Copper River Red Salmon, Trout, and more in the Gulkana River, Klutina River, Copper River and vast lakes.
Winter activities include snowmobiling, skiing, ice fishing, snowboarding and the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race, which has become a qualifying race for the Iditarod.
The Copper River Valley is an ancient lake bed containing 3.5 million acres. The area's history is rich in mining and agriculture. The indigenous people of the area, the Ahtna, speak an Athabascan language, were semi-nomadic and subsisted on caribou, moose and fish.
Today a variety of services are provided in the region. From private enterprises providing guiding, transportation, lodging and supplies, to government agencies such as the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Copper River School District is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 9
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