• Public Notice: The next regular school board meeting will be held on December 12, at 6:30 PM, in the City Council Chambers. The December 26th meeting has been cancelled. 

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  • Greetings Stakeholders of Valdez Schools,


    Success is easily noted in each of our school building as we creep towards our mid-year break. I am continually pleased with our overall student achievement. I have been impressed with the increased use of the parent/student access to PowerSchool.  Parent/Teacher conferences were well attended, but daily access to student performance compliments the consistent need for the reinforcement of our students.  As you review the grades of your children, please take advantage of the opportunity to meet personally with your children’s teachers whenever necessary.


    Valdez City Schools continues to develop great partnerships with local businesses.  Two partnerships that deserve to be highlighted are those with our local Prince William Sound College and Providence Hospital. 


    Valdez High School currently has 85+ students taking 125+ college credit courses. The combined funding efforts of the City of Valdez, federal grants, and the school district, have made these courses available at no cost to the students.  Additional, challenging courses provide an incentive to not only stay in school, but to complete the coursework leading to a possible Associate of Arts Degree.


    The numbers regarding the impact of mental health issues that go unchecked are staggering.  Data shows that medical conditions at hospitals can have as much as a 40% correlation with an underlying mental health condition. Providence Hospital and Valdez School District recently entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for support for mental health needs of our students.  Although the initial intent of this MOA was to make this service available to our high school students, Providence now assists with critical mental health support in grades K-12.  Certified mental health counselors from Providence are now available to all of our students two days a week.               


    With the difficult times ahead due to the many challenges associated with our state’s budget deficit, please contact my office with any questions you may have regarding our budget, budgeting process, and the timelines associated with that process.


    There are a lot of great things happening in our schools! Please accept this as an invite to stop by at any of the athletic or art/music events that are happening in our district. Best wishes as we enter the holiday season!




    Jim Nygaard

    Superintendent of Schools

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Welcome to Valdez City Schools

  • We provide a safe and nurturing environment for our students that offers current and challenging curriculum across all four schools  - Hermon Hutchens Elementary, Gilson Middle School, Valdez High School, and Valdez Homeschool Program.  Students enjoy a rich educational experience from kindergarten through twelfth grade through the collaborative efforts of engaging teachers, administrators, and staff. We strive for excellence through every academic and extra curricular opportunity. 


    Families New to Valdez  - Valdez continues to be the community with promise.  We encourage you to visit our schools and enroll your children. The district office is available to assist with enrollment over the summer months. 907.834.4701

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    P.O. Box 398
    1112 West Klutina Street
    Valdez, AK 99686
    Phone: 907.835.4357
    Fax: 907.835.4964