Best High Schools
in Alaska

We reviewed 21,035 U.S. public high schools; 31 Alaska schools made our rankings.View Rankings

To graduate, Alaska high school students must earn at least 21 credits, including a half credit in Alaska history. Alaska implements annual standards-based assessments for students from third grade through sophomore year. Tenth grade is also when students first take the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Examination, which assesses math, reading and writing skills, according to the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

Among Alaska's schools ranked in 2013 for the U.S. News Best High Schools, 10 were awarded silver medals and 21 received bronze medals. While Alaska's capital is Juneau, several of the state's Best High Schools are located in or near Anchorage, in the Anchorage School District.

Top Ranked AK Schools

To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.

#1

South Anchorage High School

13400 ELMORE RD, ANCHORAGE, AK 99516

#2

West Valley High School

3800 GIEST RD, FAIRBANKS, AK 99709

#3

Colony High School

9550 EAST COLONY SCHOOL DR, PALMER, AK 99645

#4

Homer High School

600 EAST FAIRVIEW AVE, HOMER, AK 99603

#5

Chugiak High School

16525 SOUTH BIRCHWOOD LOOP RD, CHUGIAK, AK 99567

#6

Cordova Jr/Sr High School

100 FISHERMAN AVE, CORDOVA, AK 99574

#7

Craig High School

100 PANTHER WAY, CRAIG, AK 99921

#8

Polaris K-12 School

6200 ASHWOOD ST, ANCHORAGE, AK 99507

#9

Nikiski Middle/Senior High School

52275 EDUCATION DR, NIKISKI, AK 99635

#10

Kodiak High School

917 REZANOF EAST, KODIAK, AK 99615

AK by the Numbers
Districts 54
High Schools 273
Full-Time Teachers 3,427
Students Enrolled 59,747

Featured Districts

Schools in the Anchorage School District are among the 2012 U.S. News Best High Schools.

The Anchorage School District supports 20 high schools that serve 15,803 students.

Schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District are among the 2012 U.S. News Best High Schools.

There are 15 high schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, serving 6,520 students.