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Tailor Your Child's Education
Homeschooling families can select the curriculum that best fits their student's learning style and keeps the learner engaged.
Frontier Charter School Design
A public Anchorage School District School, Frontier is designed to help homeschooling families realize their goal of pursuing academic excellence - one child at a time. We help families choose the best curriculum for their children, utilize the best technology for accessing school services and build the best community for homeschoolers that fosters student relationships through school activities and academic competitions. Learning Profile assessments are offered to Frontier Charter School students as an additional tool for parents to best understand how their child’s mind is uniquely mapped to learn.
Benefits to Parents and Students
Homeschooling brings benefits to families that a traditional school cannot. Homeschooling families can select the curriculum that best fits their students learning style, keeps the learner engaged, and enables them to make academic progress in all subject areas. Students who participate in homeschooling have more options for fine arts, music, and physical education than traditional schools. Parents and students can design a schedule for their school year that allows them to hunt, fish, and travel while continuing their educational journey. As a student progresses through the academic grades, they learn to take control of their learning and develop the skills imperative to be a lifelong learner. Finally, the parent develops an understanding of their students’ strengths and weaknesses as a learner and can advocate for the best learning environment for their student in the future.
* THE STUDENT ALLOCATION:
3,000. GRADES 9-12
2,100. GRADES 5-8
1,800. GRADES K-4
* Personalized learning through an Individualized Learning Plan
* Clubs and Socials such as the Educational App Social for parents, Lego Club, Coding and 3D
Printer Modeling Clubs
* Parent choice in curriculum
* Online, computer-based, and traditional homeschool curriculum choices
* Free tutoring at Frontier Charter School
* Access to ASD School District schools and programs, sports and activities
* Anchorage School District high school diploma
* Charter school status
* AdvancEd Accreditation
Our diverse group of educators and
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The entire team at Frontier consists of dedicated professionals. Check out their impressive profiles below - you'll want to get to know them.
Jerry Finkler is a long time Alaskan resident with 20 years of experience homeschooling his children. He understands the needs of the area's homeschooling parents and is committed to providing resources, flexibility and customer service.
Retired Principal Scott stated, "We are excited about Frontier's future. Jerry brings a depth of experience to the table from several important perspectives. He and his wife Shelley have homeschooled their own children, and he has worked as both an advisor and administrator in a publicly-funded homeschool setting, so he 'gets it'."
Benjamin Darr joined Frontier in August of 2016. Ben is a homeschooling father of two who has had a long career helping a variety of students grow and develop abroad and in the U.S. He has worked with impoverished Wisconsin families learning nutrition, foreign nationals studying medicine, and the mentally disabled. He also taught high school science for five years, from courses for struggling students to AP biology. For several years, he supported classroom technology by maintaining equipment, training teachers and providing guidance in computer based education. Ben has a deep interest in homeschooling methods and tools and is looking forward to learning from the families he works with at Frontier.
Carrie Christenson joined Frontier Charter School in June of 2015. An Alaskan since 1978, she has been in education for eighteen years, twelve of them as an elementary school teacher and six as a middle school special education teacher assistant. She earned her first BA in psychology from Western Washington University with a minor in sociology in 1997. Her teaching degree was earned from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2002. In addition, she has a Master's Degree in education technology and a Graduate Certificate in online learning from Boise State University and is currently working on her EdD in e-learning from Northcentral University.
In her years in education, she has been a mentor teacher, building technology coordinator, member of the committees that revamped the social studies and language arts curricula, and student council sponsor. In her free time, Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, their four children, and numerous pets at their home in Wasilla. She loves to bake, travel, learn about the "latest and greatest" technology gadgets, and read. Carrie is very excited to have joined such an energetic and caring staff and looks forward to working with homeschooling families.
Patricia Parsch, Ed.D joined Frontier Charter School in August of 2004. She has been in education for 37 years. She has a Bachelors in Emotionally Impaired K-12; Minor in Creative Arts; Elementary Education K-6; 1977 (Western Michigan) Masters in Counseling Psychology K-12; 1990 (UAA) Doctorate in Education 2011; (California Coast University) Highly Qualified in Middle School (LA & Content Areas); Certificates in Teaching Students w/ODD, Anger Management; Using Technology; Resolving Conflicts Creatively; Peer Meditation; Gifted Inclusion; Phonemic Awareness using Linda Mood Bell; Grief Counseling.
In 1997 she was recognized as a Teacher of Excellence by Kincaid PTA and in 2012 a BP Teacher of Excellence. She has been an AEA representative for 12 years, an Instructional Coach & Mentor, and a past board member of Art Without Boundaries & Mneme Therapy. Dr. Parsch is originally from Attica, MI; co-owner of a 109 acre farm there; an Alaska resident since 1981. She enjoys running, hiking, and home projects.
Stuart Yatsko joined Frontier Charter School in March of 2015. His educational background includes degrees in Geography and Biblical Studies, and summer institutes in: Islam, AP History, and the Quality Schools Model (QSM). He has thirteen and a half years of teaching experience, all in Alaska. Originally from Great Falls, Montana, Stuart's travels and cross-cultural experiences span half the globe. He has lived in diverse places such as Cairo, Egypt and St. Paul Island, Alaska. Stuart is a team player, (his background includes being drafted by the Denver Broncos, and playing for the Oregon Ducks) and he is looking forward to working with staff to support students and parents in their academic journey.
Scott Grant, Business Manager; Margie Mitchell, Lanore Smith, Donna Arms, Admin. Assistants:
Scott Grant joined Frontier Charter School in July of 2003. He has worked in education for twenty years and in charter schools for fourteen years. He earned a BS in Business Administration from the Oregon State University in 1974. Mr. Grant is a 32 year resident of Alaska. He has been married to Linda for 42 years, he has two children, and eight grandchildren. Scott is also an Army veteran having served as a combat engineer officer.
Margie Mitchell joined Frontier Charter School in June of 2003. She has worked in charter schools for thirteen years. She was an education major in college and minored in accounting while attending Alaska Pacific University. She has earned the NAEOP (Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Program)- award for continuing her education in the work place and the CEOE (Certified Educational Office Employee Professional - through NAEOP). She earned her Intervention Specialist Certificate in 2003 and her Professional Standards Program Certificate 2006.
Margie has lived in Alaska for over 30 years. Married for 33 years to a wonderful husband. They have 3 children that they adore. She loves doing Genealogy, gardening, fishing and camping and puttering around the house on projects.
Lanore Smith joined Frontier Charter School in 2005. She has spent 17 years in education. Twelve of those years have been in the charter school world. She earned a BA in education and has a music minor from Brigham Young University. She earned her Intervention Specialist Certificate in 2003 and her Professional Standards Program Certificate 2006. She spent five years as a classroom teacher. Lanore was raised in Preston, Idaho and came to Alaska in 1968 to teach school. She has been married for 41 years. She has 5 children and 6 grandchildren.
Donna Arms joined Frontier Charter School in July 2016. She has worked in Anchorage School District over twenty years. She has an Associate Degree from National Education Sawyer Campus and a Real Estate Certificate from the State of California. She has earned the NAEOP (Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Program) certificate and the CEOE (Certified Educational Office Employee Professional through NAEOP).
Donna arrived in Alaska, august 1979 her sophomore year at West High School where she graduated from in 1982. She has a daughter and two wonderful grandchildren and husband who just retired from ASD, Romig Middle School, Robert Arms, band director. Mr. Arms received three gold’s with his jazz, symphonic and super band plus five individual students brought home an outstanding performance award in California 2016.
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