Haines Borough School District

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


The 2015 Niche Rankings have ranked the Haines Borough School District as the #1 District in the State of Alaska.
Best Public School Districts ranks 8,738 school districts based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents.  A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly.

Love & Logic is being presented every Wednesday in April at 12 noon. 
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Student Assessment Data and AMP

The school has seen documentation in circulation in Haines that contains misleading or false information about the statewide assessment test (AMP) that has replaced the SBA.  The bottom line is although the test itself has changed, none of the protocols in use since statewide testing began have changed. To set the record straight:




Students are asked questions about drug use and guns in the home.

The test asks students questions about math or reading/language arts content.

Data is reported/sold to organizations outside of Alaska.

EED does not report individual student data to anyone outside of Alaska.

The P-20W system collects information on individual students for other uses.

The P-20W system allows EED and us to track how successful students are post secondary so we can improve.

Parents can “opt out” with no impact on the local school.

We must code why students do not take a test; this is not implied permission. Federal law requires states that receive Title IA funds to implement assessments in every district.  Opting out negatively affects our performance rating in-state and funding from the federal level.

Students are not required to take the test

State law, 4 AAC 06.737 states each district shall administer the standards-based test in reading, writing, and mathematics annually to every student in grades 3 through 10, and in science annually to every student in grades 4, 8, and 10.

Proposed 15-16 Calendar
We are very excited to propose next year's calendar for public comment.  Next year's calendar increases student instructional days by 5 full days and increases the number of instructional hours over the year by 8%, a real difference for students.  Early release days which are used in many other Alaskan districts,  are proposed for every Thursday with a release time of approximately 1:45 dependent on the final daily schedule.  This will free up after school hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, for student contact time, extra help and make up.  We are working with other organizations in town to make sure there are alternative activities for students of all ages on early release days.  Other features include:
  • Keeps [approximately] the same start and stop times.
  • Gives an extra day before Thanksgiving to enable families to have more time at a major holiday
  • Keeps the same Christmas and spring holidays
  • Gives regular breaks during the spring to help students stay focused and avoid burnout
  • Keeps graduation at the traditional time
  • Proposed 15-16 Calendar
Email the Superintendent (gjewell@hbsd.net) if you have questions or comments about the proposed calendar.
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.

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