The U.S. Department of Education has honored Bear Valley Elementary School in Anchorage, Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences in Kenai, and Mat-Su Career and Technical High School in Wasilla as Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015. The national award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools in two categories: 1) exemplary high-performing schools that are among their state’s highest-performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests; and 2) exemplary improving schools, . . .
All three Alaska awardees were recognized as exemplary high-performing schools.
Mat-Su Career and Technical High School serves approximately 460 students in grades 9-12. It is not a charter school, but students apply for entrance. Mat-Su CTHS’ application said: “Our instructional goal is that student learning is either hands-on or part of our guaranteed and viable curriculum. Academic courses share grading and content goals. Direct instruction, cooperative learning, differentiated instruction, and projectbased learning are seen in abundance every day in our classrooms.
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