Immersion Schools

Brief History

The first modern 'Immersion School' began in Quebec, Canada in 1965. A proven effective method for teaching a language--and information through the cultural framework of that language--they've taken off, and are used to teach a whole range of languages, including Indigenous ones.

Programs in Alaska

K - 12 Immersion Schools

Ya Ne Dah Ah School

Since 1992, the Ya Ne Dah Ah School has striven to teach, preserve, and rejuvenate the Ahtna Athabascan language, culture, songs, dances, earth stewardship, and history of Chickaloon Village using traditional methods.

St Paul School

St. Paul School in the Pribilof School District teaches the Aleut language.

Tanana City School District

Maudrey J. Sommer School teaches Koyukon Athabascan

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Immersion Preschools


Juneau, AK

Recently, an Immersion Preschool started for Lingit.

Cook Inlet Native Head Start

Anchorage, AK

See re: Ethan Petticrew

Cook Inlet Tribal Council

Anchorage, AK


Program for 6mo-1yo

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Updated September 2020. 

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This website acknowledges the traditional territories of the many Indigenous Alaskan Nations that have lived in and taken care of the lands of Alaska since time immemorial.