Educational Opportunities

Kenai offers excellent public, private and charters schools in the area.

Best Towns for Kids

Seven towns earned a score of 9 or 10 (10 being highest) from great-schools.org, which evaluates towns’ public schools based on their performance on standardized tests. Kenai was one of the towns to be within the top seven. 

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According to GreatSchools.org, four of Kenai’s area schools received a rating of 7 or better. For more information or to review testing scores & stats showing how Kenai local schools performed against the state average. Information on community ratings are also available on this site for all schools in the Kenai and surrounding area. Kaleidoscope School of Arts & Sciences, located in Kenai, Alaska, is a charter elementary school. It is among the few elementary schools in Alaska to receive a distinguished. GreatSchools Rating of 9 out of 10.

Kenai Central High School serves grades 9-12 in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. It is among the few public high schools in Alaska to receive a distinguished. GreatSchools Rating of 9 out of 10.

Kenai Middle School serves grades 6-8 in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. It is among the few public middle schools in Alaska to receive a distinguished. GreatSchools Rating of 9 out of 10.

Mountain View Elementary School serves grades PK-5 in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. It has received a GreatSchools Rating of 7 out of 10, based on its performance on state standardized tests.

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Kenai Peninsula College

The Kenai River Campus is a campus of Kenai Peninsula College, which is a unit of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Perched on the banks of the world famous Kenai River (home of the world-record king salmon), KRC is located between the communities of Kenai and Soldotna. The campus sits on more than 300 wooded acres and includes classrooms, a library, laboratories, computer labs, vocational shops, a media center, a bookstore, an art gallery, a career center, a learning center, a cafe, commons areas and outdoor walking and trails. KRC has an enrollment of about 2,200 students a semester.

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Small classes, individual attention and highly qualified faculty give the campus a private college feel. There are no “typical” students at KRC. All ages, educational backgrounds and ethnicities are represented. KRC offers many services, including academic advising, transfer information, financial aid assistance, career counseling and free tutoring. The campus also serves students needing Adult Basic Education, GED tutoring and testing, English-as-a-Second Language and Literacy instruction. Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) is committed to excellence in education, training and life-long learning by offering accessible opportunities in a supportive environment. KPC is a community campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Our accreditation is through UAA. KPC has two campuses and two extended sites. KPC offers a number of associate degrees, undergraduate and occupational endorsement certificates.

KPC also provides coursework and advising for several UAA bachelor degrees and is the site for students to complete other UA degrees via distance. KPC serves its communities as a public square for a variety of community events. UAA and KPC are fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

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