March 20, 2006
State Board members applauded the school's performance noting that it is has achieved adequate yearly progress for the past two years. According to one board member, what made this accomplishment especially notable was the fact that the Tongass School has exceeded state standards while serving a diverse population of students. When asked how the school accomplished this, Academic Policy President John Hill responded "By doing our best". One Board member commented that they would have gladly approved the charter for more than the five years requested based on the school's performance. State Board President Richard Mauer said "You can consider that quite an 'atta boy'".
The Tongass School of Arts and Sciences, operating since 2003, is one of two elementary public charter schools in Ketchikan. Its education program uses integrated thematic instruction with a curriculum that emphasizes arts and science themes tied to state content and skill standards. Karla Miller is the principal.
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