What is Mat-Su Central School?
Mat-Su Central is a model of excellence in personalized education.
Mat-Su Central develops lifelong learners through meaningful partnerships and dynamic personalized learning.
Mat-Su Central School is a public school in the Mat-Su Borough School District.
Originally founded in 1972 to serve students who live in remote locations in the school district, Mat-Su Central has since grown tremendously and is now the largest school in the district.
The Correspondence Study School (CSS) was first brought to the Mat-Su by Bob Covington, modeled after the Centralized Correspondence Program in Juneau.
It started out in 1972 housed in the Palmer Mortuary on Main Street in Palmer, and in the early 1980’s made several moves, from sharing space with Palmer Junior High, and Colony High School when CHS first started up, to its current location on Railroad Avenue in Wasilla. Beginning as a mechanic’s shop and retail spaces, the building was remodeled in 1988 when the Legislative Offices moved in at one end, and then in 1993, the Correspondence Study School Program moved in. A church group at one end moved out to open up space which became the Community Computer/Tech Center for a short time, and by the mid 1990’s, the CSS program began it’s transformation to a homeschool support program and steady growth began.
As enrollment increased each year, and space became steadily more crowded, active parents came together with school staff to change the program name to Mat-Su Central School, and worked together with the building owner and District Administration to triple the space of the facility.
The dark red two-story building across the Parks Hwy from Carrs in Wasilla was re-designed by Wolfe Architecture with energy efficiency and smart technology, and has become a Homeschool Resource Center and hub for homeschoolers in the Mat-Su, where families can come together to learn in Workshops and Classes, share Events and Activities in the Auditorium, access curriculum and materials in the Curriculum Resource Library and District activities, including Battle of the Books, Geo Bee, Legos and Robotics, Preschool Parent Workshops, Yearbook, local Vendor-offered courses, tutoring and workshops, Graduation ceremony, and con-current college and high school credit courses; enriching a homeschool or distance delivery education with a multitude of options.
Now, most students enrolled are seeking a high quality alternative educational program. Mat-Su Central School allows greater instructional flexibility regarding curriculum, materials and delivery, with self-paced home-based instruction at the core of our educational offering. Even as Mat-Su Central School has grown and changed to suit the needs of our students, we continue to maintain personal contact with students and home teachers as the "heart and soul" of our delivery system.
Our curriculum options and Home School Support Program (Allotment Based) are supported by experienced teachers. Mat-Su Central School supports choices in education and welcomes students and home teachers to make Mat-Su Central School your home and school connection in the Mat-Su Valley.
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Office Hours: Open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM- 3:30 PM.
How do I get started at Mat-Su Central School?
Open enrollment is open is from July 1st through Oct 20th
Once enrolled, each student will be assigned an advisory teacher and a member of the support staff will make you an orientation appointment. At that appointment, an individual learning plan will be developed by the home teacher and the Mat-Su Central School advisory teacher. You can use Mat-Su Central School curriculum and curriculum & materials of your choice to design your student's learning plan.
The flexibility at Mat-Su Central School encourages using educational opportunities that meet each student's needs, abilities and interests: field trips, workshops, enrichment with technology, private lessons or tutoring - whatever will assist in student success in learning. Mat-Su Central School allows you to choose the best of both worlds, home and school, to create learning opportunities for your student.
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