Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

Message from the superintendent
  • Welcome to Valdez City Schools. Our mission is based on a partnership of schools, parents, and the community united in education for life - instructing, inspiring, and empowering every student in a safe environment. We do this by offering a 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 Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade through the collaborative efforts of engaging teachers, administrators, and staff. We strive for excellence through every academic and extracurricular 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 the enrollment process.

    Migrant Education- In an effort to keep the Valdez community informed on Migrant Education Programs please follow the link below to our Migrant Education Identification and Recruitment Video. 

    For information please contact Brandy Smelcer at


  • PowerSchool Returning Student Enrollment

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  • COVID Risk Level

    The Superintendent is currently reviewing the COVID Mitigation Plan for Valdez City Schools, to be in place prior to the start of the 2022-2023 school year. 

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    The School Board will be holding a work session at 6:00 p.m. on August 22, in City Council Chambers followed by a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. 

    The District will be using a new platform to deliver agendas, minutes, and packets. Please click BoardDocs to visit our new site.

    The meeting agendas are made public 5 days prior to the meeting. If an emergency meeting is called, the agenda will be published as quickly as possible. All archived agendas, board packets, and approved meeting minutes can be found HERE

    Meetings are available via ZOOM, broadcast via KVAK Radio, or on the VCS Stream Team Youtube Channel.

    You can view the meeting here:  Recurring School Board Meeting

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