The initial focus will be for students to complete a two-year program at the University of Alaska Southeast in Northwest Coast arts. Then, those students could transfer to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe for further study.
The Tenakee Springs School closed after its enrollment fell under 10 students and the town’s families resorted to home-schooling. The district reopened the school building as an independent learning center to give students and the community some of the school’s resources.
North Slope government and history is now part of high school graduation requirements for all North Slope Borough schools. The borough school board passed a new policy this month making the curriculum change mandatory for students, effectively beginning with freshmen who start in 2017.