Q. Can you tell me about the student to teacher ratio in your public schools? Thanks. -Sunday
A. I’m wondering if you are a prospective teacher planning to come here, or a parent coming and wondering what the educational opportunities are for your children? Well, either way, I think it is better news that in some parts of the U.S.A. Up here, in elementary schools, they strive for not more than 18 kids to 1 teacher in kindergarten; and as the ages go up, still try for not more than 20-25 kids per teacher. If there are slightly more kids, there is usually an assistant in the room.
There are a lot of private Christian schools up here too. They range from small to a few large ones, such as Anchorage Baptist Temple’s school, with full sports programs and all. My daughter, who has a Master’s degree in English Literature, teaches British Lit and grammar at a local Christian school, and she has just 12 students. So it varies greatly. You can pretty much find what you want. You will find even the small private schools try to hire qualified people with the proper degrees.
Alaska is very, very home school friendly also. You can get your own course of study from wherever you prefer, or if you choose to use state courses, the State of Alaska will furnish absolutely everything you need from art kits, lab equipment, electronic equipment, even down to paperclips! It doeesn’t matter if you live right on a school bus line, you can educate your child at home if you want and the state is very helpful. We know this firsthand.
There are also good opportunities for higher education. If you want to be a teacher, and are willing to work in a remote area when you complete your education, provision is made for forgiveness of your student loans. Another good opportunity is if you want a degree in biology and will work in the fisheries/wildlife arena. You can check all this out at a website called www.alaskaadvantage.state.ak.us or by calling their toll free # at 1-800-441-2962. Hope this helps. -Bonnie J.