Award Year: 2018

Steller Secondary School

2508 Blueberry Lane
Anchorage, AK, 99503-2622

(907) 742-4950

Mr. Jay Reed Whitmore, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School

Anchorage School District

School Website


To provide an enriching environment that values diversity and encourages students to take responsibility for learning while developing the attributes to contribute to the community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 66%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Native American: 4%
  • Two or more races: 15%
  • ELL: 1%
Steller Intensives

Steller Intensives

Steller Secondary School fosters the creation of independent, courageous people capable of dealing with the shifting complexities of the modern world through a leadership curriculum based on the ideal that responsible freedom is a supreme good. At Steller, students choose self-directed projects within their classrooms and on their own to pursue their academics interests. Passage classes offer opportunities for students to design independent study classes to interact with the community in the areas of community involvement, practical skills, career exploration, creativity, logical inquiry, and adventure. Twice a year students engage in two week intensives focusing on one class in multi-age groups. Our dynamic student government meets weekly to vote on proposals submitted by advisory representatives to create and fund projects and student-taught classes and to make proposals on the everyday operation of Steller.

Steller’s hallways and classrooms are adorned by student-created murals that are periodically renewed by students. Students use technology to create electronic portfolios, video production projects, student presentations, yearbook production, and experiments using college level Vernier Probeware and Logger Pro software. Steller parents interact through Parent Group, orientation, Passage class support, hours of volunteer time, and the new-to-Steller student interview process. Community building through real life experiences integrated into the curriculum prepares students for the world of adults.