Seven remote and unique cultures on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula currently receive year-round academic and family support from PGKP: Nanwalek, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik, Port Graham, Razdolna, Tebughna in Tyonek and Voznesenka.
The villages are geographically remote and set off from the mainstream by their unique cultures. Three PGKP schools are located in Alaska Native communities without road access; they are accessed only by small plane or boat. Three serve Russian Old Believer communities located off the main road system, and one is composed of mixed Anglo Alaska Native ancestry.
All schools share specific geographic and socioeconomic challenges to successful educational experiences, which include:
✔ cultural and language diversity –at 49.2% of student households a language other than English is spoken; at the Russian Old Believer schools, kindergarten students arrive speaking Russian only.
✔ “poverty of access” issues that limit provision of district educational services, AP classes, etc. due to lack of qualified teachers, high transportation costs and difficulty of access; and
✔ poverty due to high adult unemployment rates (ranging from 5% to 27%, with an average of 19%, double the unemployment average for the Borough) and a high cost of living. The seven schools are all Title I (qualified for additional federal education dollars) due to high percentages of low socio-economic status students.