Elementary alternatives

About our elementary alternative schools

Alternative schools at the elementary level include ABC (Anchorage Basic Curriculum) schools that use a back-to-basic approach, a Montessori school with a child-centered focus and Open Optional schools that recognize individual strengths, needs and interests.


Please contact your school if you have questions about the curriculum or your child’s progress. There are many opportunities for parent involvement.


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Birchwood ABC Elementary School Elementary, Alternative, ElemAlt 907-742-3450

Lynn Mayberry-Burke

Bowman Elementary School Elementary, ElemAlt 907-742-5600

Patrick Freeman

Chinook Elementary School Elementary, ElemAlt 907-742-6700

Anita Stevens

Chugach Optional Elementary School Elementary, Alternative, ElemAlt 907-742-3730

Clare Fulp

Denali Montessori School Elementary, Alternative, ElemAlt, PreK 907-742-4500

Ruth Dene

Eagle River Elementary School Elementary, ElemAlt 907-742-3000

Lisa Losordo-Santo

Northern Lights ABC School Alternative, ElemAlt 907-742-7500

Karen Wallace

Northwood ABC Elementary School Elementary, Alternative, ElemAlt, Qual 907-742-6800

Deanna Beck

Polaris K-12 Alternative, ElemAlt, SecAlt, WorldLang 907-742-8700

Carol Bartholomew

Susitna Elementary School Elementary, ElemAlt 907-742-1400

Diane Hoffbauer

Tudor Elementary School Elementary, Qual, ElemAlt 907-742-1050

Nicole Sommerville




Types of elementary alternative schools


Anchorage Basic Curriculum

ABC Schools embrace a back-to-basic approach to education. Character education, a strong emphasis on citizenship, values, discipline and patriotism make the program unique.  Parents, children and staff working together for a common goal characterizes the ABC School. 



Montessori is a child-centered educational approach that holds a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment.  Components include mutli-age groupings, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity.


Open optional

Open Optional schools provide students with a strong foundation in all academic areas. The program recognizes individual strengths, needs and interests, and supporting social and emotional growth. Students experience multi-age classrooms, team-teaching, and assessments based on goal-setting, self-evaluations and portfolios rather than traditional report cards.


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