Welcome to the Galena Interior Learning Academy (GILA)

Alaska’s longest-operating and largest residential vocational school, GILA is the school of choice for Alaskan high school students seeking a unique educational opportunity to better prepare for college and/or career.
GILA, an accredited school, offers any Alaskan high school student the opportunity to gain or prepare for industry standard certifications in aviation, applied mechanics, construction trades, health science, media and information technology, and natural resource management.

Career and technical teachers are hired from industry for upper level career pathways, validating GILA’s program as meeting the standards required by industry.

GILA’s picturesque setting on the Yukon river appeals to the lifestyle of many students, while GILA’s boarding home environment facilitates a more focused emphasis on each student and his/her social, emotional, and academic needs. Located on a former U.S. Air Force base, GILA offers modern residential, educational, and recreational facilities.

GILA enjoys strong partnerships with the City of Galena, Louden Tribal Council, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and various organizations and businesses.  These partnerships help prepare students for continued study at the University or post-secondary career and technical training centers, or for direct entry into the workforce.

GILA’s Mission

Active, enthusiastic, and engaging teaching that inspires learning for every student, in every content area, every day.

GILA’s Vision

To provide the highest quality school choice options for families in the state of Alaska.