New ASD school allows students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit
The Anchorage School District is accepting applications for Alaska Middle College School (AMCS) for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. High school juniors and seniors who attend the school will take courses on the University of Alaska Anchorage's (UAA) Chugiak-Eagle River campus while earning high school and college credit at the same time. The opportunity to earn college credit is offered at no cost to individual ASD students.
AMCS is a collaboration between ASD and UAA. The school will offer college-level courses taught by UAA faculty which also account for high school credit. Successful students have the opportunity to simultaneously earn their high school diploma and Associates of Arts degree from UAA.
ASD will host several information nights for interested families. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 23 in the Chugiak High School Auditorium
Thursday, March 30 in the Bartlett High School Auditorium
Tuesday, April 11 in the Service High School Auditorium
Tuesday, April 18 in the ASD Education Center Boardroom
Students who wish to attend AMCS must be a high school junior or senior, have at least a 2.0 grade point average, be ready for college-level English and math courses, and score college-ready on college entrance tests.
AMCS applications are available at http://amcs.asdk12.org. The application deadline is April 28. Applications received after that date will be accepted as space is available.
"This school will provide strong opportunities for students as they begin preparing for life after high school," said Dr. Deena Bishop, ASD Superintendent. "I appreciate the School Board's desire to make this investment to provide additional rigorous school choice options for students."
Opening AMCS was included in Dr. Bishop's 2017-18 budget, which was approved by the Anchorage School Board. Dr. Bishop said this investment provides the opportunity to pay for itself and bring revenue back to the District.