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Anchorage schools open for public tours

By Heather Hintze 6:13 AM February 5, 2014

ASD will host tours of all schools Tuesdays in February

ANCHORAGE - Each school in the Anchorage School District has something that makes it unique.

Staff at Northern Lights ABC said it’s the parent involvement that sets their school apart.

“We’re very strong with our expectations in regards to behavior and our expectations in regards to academic performance,” said Kathy Haghighi.

She’s a parent to three girls who go to Northern Lights ABC. Haghighi and staff members met with prospective parents Tuesday morning to teach them more about the alternative programs the school offers.

“We do have a high appreciation for penmanship at our school and it is one of the awards the kids can receive,” Haghighi said.

Northern Lights ABC conducts regular school tours for parents: For the first time, though, ASD invited people to visit all schools in the district. It designated February Visit Our Schools Month.

“I think it gives the parents and the community – it’s not just for the parents — it’s for the community to also see all the wonderful things we have in the Anchorage School District,” said Principal Karen Wallace. ”Anchorage is very progressive in what they look at in education.”

Wally Sherwood and his wife are looking for a school for their 5-year-old son and wanted to see what Northern Lights ABC is all about.

“It’s important for parents to get out and see where their children are going, what they’re learning, who they’re interacting with,” Sherwood said. “I think it’s important as a parent to do that.”

Haghighi said a tour will help parents choose a school that’s going to fit their child’s needs. She said it’s even more important if they’re considering alternative programs.

“If someone comes in and it’s not the right fit for them, they end up leaving because it isn’t,” she said. “That’s too bad. It’s better to serve them by providing education about what the program offers and letting them make an informed decision.”

All schools in the district are open for tours at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays throughout the month of February. There will also be one evening tour at schools on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m.

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