Principal’s Corner

We promise to …

•Help our students increase their math performance 4% annually and their reading performance 3% annually,
•Treat all students with compassion, dignity, and respect so that at least 80% will continue schooling with GCSD, and
•Personalize instruction for each student based on assessment data.

September 5, 2017

Dear GILA Families,

We have received the results of last year’s PEAKS assessment. Your student’s results are enclosed, along with a guide from the state to help you understand the results. The “Parent Guide to Student Reports” has a great deal of information, some of which can be hard to understand. If you have specific questions about any of the PEAKS assessment results, please contact us and we can help explain them to you.

Last year was the first time the PEAKS test was administered. The results cannot be compared to past tests such as the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP), or to its predecessor, the Standards Based Assessment (SBA). Individual student performance on this test is not, in any way, linked to graduation requirements.

The teachers and administrators of The Galena Interior Learning Academy (GILA) will use the PEAKS assessment results and many other pieces of student learning information to guide our instructional growth efforts now and in the years to come.

We have currently responded to our students’ learning needs by adding student support classes, and by offering new programs to improve student learning in the areas of math and reading. We have also increased the amount of time teachers have to collaborate with each other, with administration, and with nationally known educational consultants.   Please call us if you would like to discuss these efforts in more detail.

It is very important to us that you know what we are doing to support your student here at GILA!

Click here for more information about the PEAKS assessment.



John Riddle
Principal of Boarding School Operations

907-656-2053 ext 108
656-7193 (cell)

Letters from the Principal
 GILA Testing Letter Sept 2017
GILA Website Principal’s Corner April 2017
 GILA Heating Parent Letter January 18th 2017
 GILA Letter September 2016
 Letter to Parents August 2016