The Lake and Peninsula School District is located on the Alaska Peninsula and comprises an area, in square miles, roughly the size of the state of West Virginia. The District is a component unit of the Lake and Peninsula Borough.The Central Office of the District is located in King Salmon, approximately halfway between Port Alsworth the northern most school and Ivanof Bay, the southernmost. None of the school sites can be reached by roadway; all transportation is by means of boat or small planes.
The Alaska Peninsula forms part of the "ring of fire" along the the Aleutian Trench. Forty of 60 volcanoes have been active over the past 300 years. The western border of Katmai National Monument lies a few miles east of King Salmon across the middle of Naknek Lake. The 4,200 square mile monument encompasses the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Mt. Novarupta and the 6,715 foot volcano Mt. Katmai. Volcanic eruptions that spread lava and ash formed some of the soil strata in the area.
The District topography varies from the mountainous terrain of the Aleutian Range (to the east) to flat land, with a few rolling hills that rarely exceed 200 feet in elevation, and lake-dotted marshy areas.
In the Northern portion of the District are Iliamna Lake, the largest lake in Alaska, and Lake Clark, which lies among the foothills where the Alaska Range and the Aleutian Range merge. The region is rough and mountainous, with steep rocky slopes.
Mt. Veniaminof, an 8,225 foot active volcano, is located 20 miles inland from Ivanof Bay in the southern portion of the District. The Aleutian Mountains upland from Ivanof Bay are characterized by steep rocky slopes, ice fields, and glaciers.
The school sizes range from 1 teacher to 10 teachers in the K - 12 grades. The 15 schools are located in communities whose economy is based on commercial fishing in the area.
The student population of approximately 415 students in the 15 schools is more than 90 percent Alaskan Native. The students come from Aleut heritage on the lower Alaskan Peninsula, Yupik in the Upper Bristol Bay and Iliamna Lake Area, and Athabascan in the Northern Iliamna Lake and Lake Clark Area.
The District employs teachers whose preparation and experience qualify them in multiple grade classrooms, and in several subject areas.
Lake and Peninsula School District is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 15
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