Alaska is a state of vast geographic and cultural differences. A high school exchange program is working to build connections and ease tensions between the state’s urban centers and its remote Native Villages.
At a Glance
The state had an estimated 737,438 residents as of 2018, including 25 percent under 18
There are 229 federally recognized Indian tribes, which are also referred to as Native Villages.
663,300 square miles, nearly 2½ times larger than Texas
Schools & Students in
509 schools (2017-18)
54 school districts
128,800 K-12 students
State Funding Per Pupil
At $17,872 in 2019, Alaska’s per-pupil spending is among the highest in the nation
7,889 classroom teachers, including part-time
16.35 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio
$70,277 average annual salary
Author Victoria Petersen traveled from her home on the Kenai Peninsula to Anchorage and Scammon Bay for the first story in the series. Watch this space for updates on all of her project travels.
SOURCES: Education Week’s Quality Counts; Alaska Department of Education and Early Development; National Center for Education Statistics; U.S. Census