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     Academy of Higher Learning, a K-12 school, works with home and church to provide a solid foundation for an overcoming generation, a generation of young people who can graduate from high school with the ability to go forward into the world, leading mature lives, spiritually and academically. Our focus is to work with Christian youth, to help them discover what god has purposed for their lives.

Teacher-Student Ratio

The teacher-student ratio is one-to-five, which amplifies mastery learning (insuring the student has mastered a skill before advancing to new learning). This ratio is such an advantage for our students. They do not get lost between the proverbial cracks. It is quite apparent to the teacher when a student is not comprehending a concept; thus, re-teaching and reinforcement can be implemented.Instructional Style

Direct instruction in a traditional classroom setting is the instructional style at Academy of Higher Learning. Quick feedback also helps each student to know where the problems may have been in an assignment. Correction of mistakes is expected for the purpose of learning to a standard of excellence.


Our staff consists of a cooperative of trained individuals working with the students to achieve mastery in learning.

Accreditation and Enrollment

All coursework is from accredited sources. Registered with the State of Alaska, Academy of Higher Learning follows all state requirements and goes beyond expectations by testing with standardized tests every year. Many small schools in rural Alaska have too low enrollment to apply for accreditation. Academy of Higher Learning enrollment is between 25 to 35 students, which does not allow for the 150 students required for accreditation consideration.


Accredited curriculum is used in all subjects. Creation science is taught K-12. History, social studies, and geography is taught from a Christian perspective. Saxon mathematics is studied K-12. Reading and the study of the English language begins with phonemic instruction and the patterns in our language. Mrs. Gibson is a Reading and Language specialist and stimulates the instruction of reading, language, and literature throughout the school.

Christian Standard

Bible is taught at each level. The Bible is used for the instruction, which is based on a non-denominational foundation. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, a Christian foundational principal. The Trinity is also at the foundation of Christianity. Chapel is attended by all students twice-weekly.


We encourage the students to live by a high standard, to keep their character worthy of praise. Students who graduate from Academy of Higher Learning desire to make a difference in the world and develop peace with one another. Accountability, integrity, and service are taught and encouraged.

Many young people struggle during adolescence to not only discover themselves, but to discover a purpose. We truly help them recognize their value.

Opportunities beyond academics:

Students attending Academy of Higher Learning have been able to participate in:

International travel

Mime Team

Dramatic Theater


Art: Set Design, drawing, painting, calligraphy

Recording and Video training

Community Service

Special features of the Academy include:
Life skills learning; 100% graduation rate; zero violence; no gangs; a drug-free environment; zero teen pregnancy, annual standardized achievement testing for all grades and high standards.
 “As teachers set higher standards, students achieve more,” Laura Bush (5/2004).

Catherine Gibson

Catherine Gibson, Principal/Teacher

Catherine Gibson has almost forty years of teaching experience ranging from classroom teacher to special Language Arts programs for junior high to a Reading Specialist in "Chapter 1" programs throughout the nation. She has designed reading curricula for students with learning disabilities as well as for students identified as talented and gifted.

She is also the director of curriculum and instruction at the Academy of Higher Learning. The prestigious Christa McAuliffe Fellowship was awarded to Catherine from the State of Alaska Department of Education in 1998. She participated in revising and developing standards and assessments for reading instruction in Juneau, Alaska.

Mrs. Gibson holds a Bachelors Degree in Education from Oregon State University with an endorsement in Reading instruction from Portland State University. She holds additional degrees and honors in Phonics instruction, Administration, Curriculum, Instruction and Philosophy of Education. She is currently participating in graduate work at the University of Alaska in distance learning design, delivery, and coordination, along with Educational Leadership.

Mrs. Gibson possesses a current teaching license from the State of Alaska.