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Anacortes School District  The Anacortes School District Board of Directors believes the success of our graduates in today's globally competitive world depends on their college and career readiness. To that end, we will strive to provide opportunities for Anacortes students to enter our schools ready to learn and successfully transition through a rigorous and relevant curriculum, taught by quality instructors, supported by family and community. The Anacortes School District Strategic Plan serves as our guiding path to achieve these goals.

Anacortes School District Strategic Plan

 Located on  beautiful Fidalgo Island, home port to the San Juan Islands, Anacortes School District has been Charting a Course to Excellence by preparing its students to thrive in a globally competitive world.  To that end, the district prepares its students to becomeSchool, Transition and College/Career Ready through the vehicle of extraordinary instruction.

These efforts have resulted in Anacortes School District being recently recognized by the Washington School Research Center for being in the top 5% of high performing school districts in Washington State based on student achievement data complied over the last five years.


School Ready

 The district's School Ready programs, developed with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have been showcased at State and National levels and have resulted in 85-90% of  entering Kindergarten and First grade students meeting, or exceeding ,grade level standards.  In addition, the district offers an extensive and supportive elementary school program.   For example, Fidalgo Elementary has been an honored recipient of the Washington State Achievement Award for the last three years;  a recognition given to the top 5% of high performing schools in the State.
Transitions Ready

 In addition, the District's Transition Ready program has resulted in State and National recognition for Anacortes Middle School as a Washington State School of Distinction for the last two years and a Reward School  from the U.S. Dept. of Education
College/Career Ready

 The District offers extensive and diverse College/Career Ready programs ranging from Advance Placement (AP) classes in most content areas, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) classes to prepare students for college success and award winning programs like our AHS Robotics Team.  In addition, the district provides extensive Career and Technical programs including Microsoft Certification, media arts, welding, etc.  Anacortes is also home to a nationally recognized Marine Technical Skill Center and our students have access to a state-of-the-art Northwest Career and Techncial Academy. 

These secondary programs result in a high rate of on-time graduate success and college/ technical school acceptance rates. The rich core subject programs in English, Science, Math, Social Studies and our internationally recognized Arts/Drama programs have resulted in Anacortes High School being recognized as a Washington State School of Distinction and rated by the University of Washington as among the top of all State high schools in terms of correlation of student high school success to student academic success at the university.

While the District's Readiness Programs offer great opportunities for our students, it is the extraordinary teaching staff dedicated to providing the highest quality and continuously improving instructional programs that has resulted in significant student growth and achievement. 


The Anacortes School District's TPEP Model (Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project) was adopted as one of the new evaluation systems for the State of Washington.  The work of teachers and principals in our district has resulted in national attention and resulted in significant grant awards from the Kellogg Foundation, Gates Foundation and the new Washington STEM Center (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to fund continual development of the evaluation system and to tie it more closely to the new national Common Core content standards.

Anacortes schools have highly supportive families and community members. 
 This partnership results in an incredible amount of volunteers in our schools each year.  In addition the Anacortes Schools Foundation, local service clubs, private foundations and individual citizens give generously to sustain and enrich learning opportunities for our students.  This unique school/community partnership resulted in one of highest school levy “yes votes” in the State of Washington.


Points of Pride:
Anacortes School District
Parent Involvement and Community Support
Anacortes High School
Anacortes Middle School
Elementary Programs
Early Learning Programs
Skagit County Trends

The Anacortes School District welcomes all students and families to our schools.  For more information about our schools and community please visit:

Anacortes School District Publications:
Anacortes School District Strategic Plan
Anacortes School District Brochure

Anacortes School District is dedicated to keeping parents and the community informed. Please contact us at:
Dr. Mark Wenzel, Superintendent
2200 M Ave • Anacortes, WA 98221
Phone: (360) 

Fax: (360) 293-1222

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