History: About to start its fifth year, Spring Creek School is part of the Youthful Offend-ers Program at the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward.
Working in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Corrections, the KPBSD provides the only regular high school program within a maximum-security prison in the nation.
Young felons up to age 21 can work toward a regular diploma with the help of individualized education plans and partnerships between the prison, the school and other educational institutions in the area.
Principal-teacher Wayne Young
Secretary Cindy Clark
P.O. Box 2822
Seward, AK 99664-2822
Demographics: About 32 percent of the Spring Creek students are Caucasian, while 10 percent are African-American, 2 percent Hispanic, 5 percent Asian-Pacific Islan-der, 2 percent American Indian and 49 percent Alaska Native.
About 15 percent of the students experience disabilities, and 78 percent come from economically disadvantaged homes.
However, the student population is in constant transition as youth come in and out of the prison system.
Staffing: The school district provides four teachers and a half-time support person for Spring Creek School, while other institutions partner to provide drug and alcohol counseling, anger management classes and vocational education opportunities for students.
The teachers at the school have a combined average of more than three years experience with the district, most coming specifically to work with the young offenders.
AYP: The school did not make adequate yearly progress in 2002-03 with low participation and proficiency rates across the board.
In 2003-04, Spring Creek did make AYP, with almost all students taking the tests.
Though passing rates were low (42 percent for language arts and 25 percent for math), they did fall within the statistical "confidence interval," or margin of error, to allow the school to meet AYP.
Cocurricular: Students benefit from many programs designed to educate and rehabilitate them, but traditional sports and academic competitions are not among the options for Spring Creek students.
Registration: There is no registration period for the school.
Students are assigned to the program through the legal system.
Transportation: Students do not leave the corrections facility.
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