Anchorage’s West High School is the Anchorage School District’s oldest public high school. Alaska’s best-rated public high school has 1,880 students in grades 9-12. While most of the schools in this report have math and reading proficiency rates of over 90 percent, according to Niche.com, West’s proficiency rates are much lower. According to state test scores, only 24 percent of students are at least proficient in math and 30 percent in reading.
Of note: The school offers interesting academic programs for students, including a program for highly gifted students, International Baccalaureate (IB), Spanish and Russian immersion as well as a Medical and Process technology academy. The average student-reported SAT at West High School was 1240 and the average ACT score was reported at 29. Their mascot is an Eagle.
According to U.S. News, Alaska ranks 40th out of 50 states in terms of education, and 46th out of 50 in terms of K-12 education.
2. South Anchorage High School (Anchorage, Alaska)
3. Kenny Lake School (Copper Center, Alaska)
4. Polaris K-12 School (Anchorage, Alaska)
5. Unalaska Junior/Senior High School (Unalaska, Alaska)