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LKSD Students Can Earn High School And College Credits In New ANSEP Program

August 19, 2021

A new Acceleration Opportunity is open in Bethel!  Students who participate can go from eighth grade to a BS degree in five years.  Lower Kuskokwim School District students are participating now! 

The Acceleration Academy is expanding across Alaska. The first academy is in Anchorage and the second is in Palmer. Bethel will be the academy’s third location, and the first in a rural area off of the road system. Tad Lindley, a retired teacher from LKSD, will be leading the Bethel program as the regional director for ANSEP in Western Alaska.

ANSEP has partnered with the UAF Kuskokwim Campus and LKSD for classes and student housing. 

Students can start in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, and end their senior year of high school in the Academy. The classes they take earn both high school and college credits. Classes are online or in person, depending on the professors available.

This fall 2020, there are twenty students participating. Their families will save up to $75,000 in college expenses. 

Although ANSEP leans towards science and engineering degrees, students can take classes outside of these areas and explore different career fields through hands-on activities.  

To qualify for the ANSEP Acceleration Academy, students must pass tests to place into college courses in math and English. Students who are not Alaska Native can also apply. Applications can be submitted online. You can also get a paper application by emailing