Promoting Healthy Alternative Schools and Community Partnerships Initiative
Mat-Su Central School
Mat-Su Central completed its first year of participation in the initiative during the 2010-2011 school year. The school reported realizing significant gains in graduation rates, increases in number of credits earned, and an increase in the number of Health/PE classes provided as outcomes tied to its participation. Mat-Su Central offered a Possibilities class to its students with grant funding that not only possessed a Human Relations curriculum, but was bolstered by Career Planning, Healthy Lifestyle/Choices, and student wellness components. Instruction was provided by both a professional guidance counselor and a high school human relations instructor. In the 2011-2012 school year, Mat-Su Central focused on constructing community-based supports to address the impact of isolationism. To this end, Mat-Su Central developed strong partnerships with the Northern Susitna Institute to provide mentorships to students in the Talkeetna area, as well as with Finding Your Future to mentor students in career guidance and to pair them with community members in a variety of careers in the Mat-Su core area. Additionally, Mat-Su Central utilized this grant to support the school’s strong guidance program, and noted that the school’s graduation numbers have doubled over the last three years.