Peninsula's private, cyber schools offer families a range of educational options

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Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2002

The Kenai Peninsula is home to diverse educational offerings for students from preschool to college and beyond.

For families with school-age children, choices include public school, religious and secular private schools and home schooling. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District also offers special education programs, online learning, charter schools and a partnership with Kenai Peninsula College for teens seeking advanced courses.

Central peninsula parents can review educational opportunities through home school, correspondence study and several area private schools.

Home schooling

Home school has long been a popular option for Alaska families. Participating families in Soldotna have a support group.

The Soldotna Homeschool Support Group is open to all home schoolers. It meets the second Tuesday of each month with the time and place to be announced. This year plans include a number of learning enhancement groups for various ages and a used curriculum swap for families in the spring.

For more information, call Patty Nabinger at 262-9075.

Cyber schools

The technology age is constantly enhancing correspondence study programs. Cyber school options for peninsula students include:

The Kenai Peninsula district's Connections cyber school program -- online at or phone 262-6315;

Alyeska Central School, a program of the state Department of Education and Early Development -- www.educ.state.;

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska), a program of the Galena City School District, which has a central peninsula office in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road -- online at idea/idea.htm or phone 260-7555;

Copper River School District correspondence program using the Calvert curriculum --;

Delta Cyber School from the Delta/Greely School District --; and

Cyber Lynx Correspon-dence Program from the Nenana City Public School -- cyberlynx.

Private schools

Reads Primary School is a secular private school in Kenai. It opened in 1996 and now serves students in kindergarten, first and second grades. For more information, call 283-2848.

Cook Inlet Academy, the largest Christian school on the central peninsula, has been open for 30 years and is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

The nondenominational academy educates children in preschool through 12th grade. A board of parents operates the school.

The academy focuses on academics and character, using an assortment of Christian teaching resources. Programs include sports and overseas mission trips.

Cook Inlet Academy is enrolling students in all grades and recently opened additional classrooms to serve more students. School starts Aug. 21.

For more information, visit the Web site at or call 262-5101.

Kalifonsky Christian School opened in 1979 under the leadership of the Kalifonsky Christian Center. It accepts students from a variety of denominations in kindergarten through eighth grade and uses the Abeka curriculum. Spanish and music lessons also will be available for the first time this year.

The school serves about 30 students and will continue to accept enrollment applications through the beginning of the school year. Classes begin Aug. 21.

For more information, call 283-3150 or call Adele Pribbenow, the administrator, at 262-9539.

Wings Christian Academy serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Located at Mile 15 of the Kalifornsky Beach Road, the academy is affiliated with Immanuel Baptist Church. It teaches an individualized curriculum from The School of Tomorrow.

The school serves 35 to 40 students and is currently accepting applications. Classes start Aug. 19. For more information, call 283-9361.

Grace Lutheran School opened just last year. It is affiliated with Grace Lutheran Church on Ciechanski Road between Kenai and Soldotna.

The school serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade from churched or unchurched Christian families of any denomination, using a combination of traditional and Christian teaching resources.

The school currently has 20 enrolled students and is accepting limited applications. Classes begin Aug. 26. For more information, call Dennis Leckwee, school minister, at 283-9551.

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