Adventists have been a part of the Alaska culture since the late 1800’s. The first known Seventh-day Adventist in Alaska was a teacher named Mrs. J. W. Young who taught in a government school in Ketchikan in 1895. Adventists continued to spread the Advent message while impacting education in the Last Frontier. Frank Daughtery, an Adventist teaching in a government school in Gambell, was significantly responsible for the development of the Adventist work on Saint Lawrence Island. The first Adventist school in Alaska was started in 1936 in Ketchikan. In 1938, Aleknagik Junior Academy was started so Adventist students would not have to travel the great distance to Auburn Adventist Academy in the Seattle area. Today there are six schools operating in Alaska serving more than 130 students in the communities of Anchorage, Dillingham, Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer and Sitka.
The mission of the Alaska Conference Office of Education is to support and promote Adventist education through:
1) Encouraging development of Adventist Christian Education in Alaska
2) Training local school boards in their roles as trustees of the local school
3) Providing supervision of nurturing Adventist certified teachers
4) Promoting safe school environments for students, teachers and parents
5) Offering professional development opportunities for teachers
6) Supplying policy-driven financial assistance to local schools
The Adventist work in Alaska has progressed only through the dedicated efforts of individuals who have made it their personal mission to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We invite you to view the view the various page of our local schools, regional boarding academies, and Adventist Colleges. If you have any questions, please contact the Alaska Conference at 907-346-1004 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.