2023 Best High Schools in Alaska
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What High School Paths Does Alaska Provide?
Alaska is the most unique of all the states in terms of high school availability. It has 294 high schools, a whopping 263% more than the average state in the US (after normalizing for population size). The state also ranks first in the nation for high schools per capita, so there are definitely plenty of education options in Alaska. The average grade of the schools is a B–, which is the same as the national average.
88% of the high schools in Alaska are public, 259 to be exact. The majority of those are traditional public schools (251), but only 29% of them have a grade above the national average, so it's not as high as one might expect. The state also has 4 charter schools, 2 of which exceed the typical national grade. Surprisingly, all the magnet schools (4) in Alaska are rated above the national average, with an impressive 100% of them exceeding the standard.
There are also 17 private schools in Alaska (only 6% of all schools), but the state actually has 12% fewer private schools than the average state per capita, so it's a bit lacking in that regard. The median grade of the private schools is an A–, however, so it's still a great option when looking for quality. Of the private schools, 15 are religiously affiliated, the majority of which are Christian schools (12). In terms of religious schools per capita, Alaska is slightly above average, ranking 18th in the nation.
When it comes to single-sex schools, Alaska unfortunately does not have any all-boys or all-girls schools, which puts it at the bottom of the list in both categories (it has 100% fewer of each than the average state).
Lastly, Alaska has 18 online schools (6% of all schools), which is a whopping 1491% more than the typical state per capita, so there are plenty of virtual options available. It is the #1 state in the nation for online schools per capita, making it a great option for those looking for more flexible learning.
Top 25 Best High Schools in Alaska
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#1 Best High School in Alaska
Mat-Su Career & Tech Education High School
#2 Best High School in Alaska
West High School
#3 Best High School in Alaska
Holy Rosary Academy
#4 Best High School in Alaska
Thunder Mountain High School
#5 Best High School in Alaska
South Anchorage High School
#6 Best High School in Alaska
Petersburg High School
#7 Best High School in Alaska
Homer High School
#8 Best High School in Alaska
West Valley High School
#9 Best High School in Alaska
Lumen Christi Catholic High School
#10 Best High School in Alaska
Catholic Schools of Fairbanks