Education and programs

High School After-School Program

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE IMMERSED IN NATIVE CULTURES WHILE EARNING ELECTIVE SCHOOL CREDITS.  THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR GRADES 9-12 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN A HIGH SCHOOL. PROGRAM IS FREE.

ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE CENTER HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM 2016 - 2017

Students choose from a variety of courses that are based on Alaska Native cultures. Our teaching staff instructs and coordinates guest instructors who share their knowledge, skills and abilities. This program provides a safe after-school environment, a chance to interact with peers from other schools and to learn from positive role models. Most of all, this is an opportunity to have FUN while learning!

Program Details:

  • Cost is FREE. Made possible by funding through a grant from the US Department of Education, Alaska Native Education Program.
  • ANHC can provide transportation from ASD High Schools to the Center. Pick-up at each high school is 2:00 - 2:25 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. We drop students off at their homes or at an agreed upon location.
  • Students can earn .5 (1/2) ASD elective credits after class participation of 120 hours, and by completing the required ASD forms.
  • ANHC will cancel this program on days when driving conditions are poor and transportation of students is not considered safe. ANHC will attempt to make this decision by 12:00 p.m. and contact high schools to make an announcement.
Program Schedule: 
November 1, 2016 - April 13, 2017 
3:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 

NOTE: This program is NOT available on days during ASD school closures. Please check the ASD school calendar for those dates.

Class Choices:

Alaska Native Dance Classes
Students learn traditional and contemporary methods of drumming, dancing and singing from every major culture group of Alaska. Some students are hired to perform with the well-respected and highly professional Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers. The class will be under the direction of Ed Tiulana and Mattox Metcalf. Flyer

Alaska Native Art Classes
Students focus on practicing traditional Native art, while exploring contemporary methods. Students work with Alaska Native artists who share art forms from their Native cultures. Students may keep their completed projects. The Alaska Native Heritage Center’s High School Art Class is under the direction of Phillip Charette. Flyer

 Alaska Native Games
Students in the Native Games Class will learn traditional Native Games that have been done for thousands of years. These games test skills in balance, strength, endurance, stamina, endurance to pain and concentration. Students will participate, and compete in the Anchorage Native Youth Olympic Preliminaries and those who make it to the state level will compete and represent Anchorage or their respective area or region. Students may have the opportunity to demonstrate at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and also compete at the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. The Alaska Native Heritage Center’s High School Native Games Class is under the direction of John Waska. Flyer

HOW TO REGISTER

Students and parents apply by downloading the application packet. Application packets are also available at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Space is limited, so submit your enrollment form today! Completed enrollment forms for the High School Program should be dropped off at the center, turned into the school counselor, or mailed to Alaska Native Heritage Center, Attn:HSP, 8800 Heritage Center Drive, Anchorage, AK 99504.

The High School Program is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202)720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

 For more information, please contact: Loren Anderston, Director of Cultural & Educational Programs at landerson@alaskanative.net or 907-330-8025.