Kenai Alternative High School

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

History: Kenai Alternative High School opened in 1989. It is housed in the old Kenai Elementary building, which it shares with Aurora Borealis Charter School and the Boys and Girls Club of Kenai. The school is designed to reach out to ninth- through 12th-grade students who struggle in a traditional high-school environment or who have dropped out of school. It currently serves about 91 students.

Contact information

Principal Gregg Wilbanks

Secretary Phyllis Halstead


705 Frontage Rd., Suite C

Kenai, AK 99611

283-7844 (phone)

283-6463 (fax)

Demographics: Kenai Alter-native students are 73 percent Caucasian, with about 6 percent of the students identified as Hispanic; 1 percent Asian-Pacific Islander; 2 percent American Indian and 18 percent Alaska Native. About 16 percent of the students experience disabilities, and 67 percent come from economically disadvantaged homes.

Staffing: Kenai Alternative has 5.75 teaching positions and a half-time special education teacher. The school also receives services from a part-time nurse, a half-time secretary and a full-time custodian. Teaching staff at the school have a combined average of 9.25 years experience with the district.

AYP: Kenai Alternative High School did not make adequate yearly progress in 2003-04 because too few students participated in standardized testing. In 2003-04, the school again was short on participation and graduation rates were below the required number.

Cocurricular: Kenai Alter-native does not have a sports program, though students are eligible to participate in sports at nearby Kenai Central High School. While the school does participate in some districtwide programs, it also has special programs of its own, such as teach-yourself music classes and presentations by area musicians. Many students at the school also hold part-time jobs, and some also are raising children of their own while completing their high school educations.

Registration: Admission to Kenai Alternative is based on recommendations and an application and interview process. Registration is taken at the beginning of each of five segments of the school year. Students already admitted for the fall should register for classes between 8 a.m. and noon Aug. 16 to 20.

Transportation: Bus route 32 stops at Kenai Alternative in the morning, and students from all Kenai bus routes can board bus 24 to go to Kenai Alternative after being dropped off at KCHS.

School hours: 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

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