Community: Wasilla High School (WHS) is located within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough which serves suburban and rural communities with a combined population of 89,000. The City of Wasilla is a first class city of 7,800 and is located 45 miles from Anchorage (population 292,000), the commercial and cultural center of Alaska.
Employment: Transportation, construction, petroleum, production, tourism, and government services.
School: Wasilla High School is one of ten four-year high schools of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District and is accredited by Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools. WHS's average enrollment is 1,200 students.
Curriculum: A comprehensive curriculum including college preparatory, business, trade/technical, fine arts, and enrichment programs. Twenty-four and a half credits including four years of Language Arts, three years of Science, three and a half years of Social Studies, three years of Math, one year of Physical Education, and one-half year of Health is required for graduation.
Advanced Placement/Honors Programs: Currently, offered are AP courses in Art, English, Biology, World History, Calculus, Chemistry, and US History. Honors courses are offered in English 2 & 3. WHS has been nominated by the College Board as an AP Alaskan Outstanding School in Math and Science as a result of the high scores students received in AP exams.
Special Education: A variety of fundamental, modified, and resource courses are available. Also available are self-contained classrooms, daily living, life skills, work study and study skill labs. These courses are limited to students with an individual Education Plan.
Special Courses: District wide "Career Pathway" courses, English as a Second Language courses, Tech Prep courses, and the Extended Learning Program are available for those who qualify.
School Year: The school year is 180 days divided into two semesters. One-half credit per subject is granted each semester, with twenty-two credits required for graduation.
Grading System: Four point system with the following range: A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, D=1.0, and F=0.0. Additional weight is given for AP courses. Student's class rank and cumulative GPA are based on all courses attempted.
Faculty: Faculty comes from Universities throughout the United States. Over 50% of the faculty holds Masters degrees.