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


  • Linked here are 2022 School Climate and Connectedness Survey results.


    Grades 3-5

    Grades 6-12

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  • COVID Risk Level

    Valdez City Schools is operating at the "Green" risk level.

    • All expectations and mitigations outlined in the District COVID Mitigation plans are in effect.
    • Teachers may strongly recommend masking in classrooms.

    If your child is sick please keep them home to minimize the spread of illness in our schools. Parents, community members, and the public can access the current VCS COVID-19 Re-entry Plan including the "Test to Stay/Play" Protocol. 

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    The Board of Education held a Regular Board Meeting on June 13th, 2022. At this meeting the board voted to CANCEL the regular meeting scheduled for June 27, 2022. The Board of Education will be meeting with an AASB representative on June 29th, 2022, to discuss future goals and implementation.

    The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for July 11th, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. All 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