Get To Know Us
Superintendent, Mike Hanley
Welcome Chugach School District
We are a district that truly puts our students first by making learning the consistent focus, not seat time or the age of our students. Over 20 years ago we removed the organizational structures that hindered student engagement and progress and adopted a performance based model district wide. We continue to see powerful results with increased graduation rates, decreased drop out rates, and increased teacher retention.
I have been an educator for 29 years as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and the commissioner of Education. It is exciting to be a part of a district that pursues the path forward for our students regardless of how things have been done in the past.
The Chugach School District recognizes and represents the innovative, creative, and diligent spirit that Alaska is known for. Driven by our community’s desires for change and greater outcomes, we continue to be a leader in performance-based education. Using not only our school buildings but our communities as our classrooms, our students demonstrate proficiency towards educational standards in many ways and progress toward graduation and successful careers at their own pace. We have removed the organizational structures that are driven by time and age and replaced them with learning as the constant for which we strive. We have proven the validity and value of this model over the course of the last 20+ years.
In addition to our three schools spread out across Prince William Sound, we continue to meet the needs of many home school families with support offices in Anchorage, Valdez, and Fairbanks. Anchorage is also the home to our residential Voyage School where students spend 2-4 weeks studying intensive career paths that help them develop themselves, personally, academically, and socially. Current phases be offered include, culinary training, ETT certification, construction trades, outdoor leadership, and private pilot training.
Across our district, our place based focus provides a relevance to what our students learn no matter where they learn it.
OUR SHARED VISION
The Chugach School District is committed to developing and supporting a partnership with students, parents, community and business which equally shares the responsibility of empowering students to meet the needs of the ever changing world in which they live. Students shall possess the academic and personal characteristics necessary to reach their full potential. Students will contribute to their community in a manner that displays respect for human dignity and validates the history and culture of all ethnic groups.