Haines Borough School District

Where students reach their aspirations and contribute to a changing world.

Upcoming Events


Emma Gilham has been accepted to the Answer 2.0 program.  ANSWER 2.0 is a project designed to cultivate students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and math, otherwise known as "STEM".  This project was by application through SERCC.  The program is a three-year commitment during which Emma will work with a small group of selected students from throughout southeast Alaska, attending field camps in Nenana and STEM career awareness camps in Juneau as well as monthly webinars.  Congratulations Emma for being selected for this special opportunity.
Mosquito Lake School

The Mosquito Lake K-4 Elementary School was closed at the end of the school year in 2014 as the result of declining enrollment.   As part of the decision to close the schools, a commitment was made by the Board to revisit the viability of the school in January 2015.


The Haines Borough School District is conducting a survey to determine your student(s) interest in attending Mosquito Lake School next school year.  Bus transportation is provided by the district to and from the school.


Mosquito Lake School is staffed by one K-4 teacher and one aide.  Music instruction has been provided two days per week. Special student services are available. The school has a district-directed hot lunch program.


Mosquito Lake School is at 2 Mile Mosquito Lake Road in the Klehini Valley.  Students have access to two classroom areas, a common area (gym), a greenhouse, a loft play-area, a small library, and an outside playground. Internet access, computers and iPads are provided to the students. Due to its smaller student population, individual attention and small group instruction are the norm. 


The site and facility offer expansive real-world experiences that begin with individual instruction and attention on a personal basis, cross-age assistance and tutoring, use of a greenhouse for growing projects, and a natural setting for outdoor education. Its multipurpose rooms provide for physical education, scientific investigations, dramatic arts, and music programs. The school serves as a cultural setting for after-school programs and evening activities.  As a small school, Mosquito Lake is a place where consistent, caring, and respectful learning occurs.


In Alaska, schools must maintain at least 10 students to receive appropriate funding.  In order to make a sound decision, we must have accurate information as to the number of students who are of the appropriate age and whether or not their parents would commit to sending them to Mosquito Lake School.  This is a Borough-wide search.


In order for a child to attend Kindergarten, students must be age 5 on or before September 1st of the year in which they wish to enter Kindergarten.
If you would be interested in sending your child to Mosquito Lake School in August of 2015, please click on the link located on the right side of this page under announcements.

Outstanding Local High School Student Lindsey Jobbins Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall
Haines, Alaska – December 16, 2014 – Lindsey Jobbins, a student at Haines High School, has been selected for the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall for the second year in a row.  She will perform as a first soprano at Carnegie Hall in February 2015 with the Honors Choir.  Participation in one of the three Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select schools internationally.

Lindsey Jobbins, a senior, auditioned this fall for the Honors Performance Series and was accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board.  Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording.  Lindsey will join other performers from 49 United States, several provinces in Canada, and several foreign countries for a special performance at world-famous Carnegie Hall, a venue that marks the pinnacle of musical achievement.

According to Morgan Smith, Program Director, “Being selected to the Honors Performance Series is something each Finalist should be extremely proud of accomplishing. We process more than ten thousand nominations annually, selecting only the most talented performers applying on an international level.  Working with these conductors and performing at Carnegie Hall is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that these student musicians never forget.”

Lindsey has studied music for 14 years and is a member of the Haines High School Choir, Band, and Women’s A Capella Choir.  She participated in the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Southeast Alaska Honors Choir and the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Alaska All-State Choir including first chair award in 2014.  She also received a Superior rating at the Southeast Alaska Music Festival as a soloist in 2013.  In response to her selection as a Finalist, Lindsey said, “I am so excited that I am able to participate in this performance for the second year in a row.  Being able to sing at Carnegie Hall was an amazing experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.”

Finalists will come together for five days in February 2015 in New York City to have the opportunity to learn from conductor Dr. Eph Ehly, work with other Finalists, and get a taste of New York City. The Sunday, February 22, performance is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased beginning 60 days prior to the performance through the Carnegie Hall box office.

The Honors Performance Series was created to showcase accomplished individual high school performers on an international level by allowing them to study under master conductors and perform in the celebrated venue, Carnegie Hall. Each year, the Series selects approximately 500 Finalists for the High School Honors Performance Series.



Haines High School Recognized as an Alaska Reward School


The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development has recognized 41 public schools as 2014-2015 Reward Schools to honor their student performance from the 2013-2014 school year.  The designation is part of Alaska’s school accountability system, which identifies schools in need of support and recognizes schools that are the highest performing or show the most growth in student achievement.  “It is a pleasure to announce Alaska’s Reward Schools for 2014-2015, an achievement shared by their families and educators,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley. “Reward Schools strive to meet the academic needs of all students, however large or small the school is. They support students’ progress toward the goals of college- and career-readiness and graduation. We congratulate them.”  Reward Schools are recognized in two categories: highest performing and high progress. This school year, 12 schools are highest performing Reward Schools and 41 schools are high progress Reward Schools. Twelve schools are in both categories, making a total of 41 schools to be named Reward Schools.



Haines Elementary a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for 2014


We are delighted to announce that Haines Elementary School has been designated a Blue Ribbon school for 2014 by the Federal Department of Education. The program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. Haines Elementary is one of 3 schools in Alaska to win this award for 2014. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.   Please click here to see the announcement.  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department