GCSD Schools

Sidney C. Huntington School

The Galena community school is called the Sidney C. Huntington School. The Sidney C. Huntington School provides quality K-8 education for the Galena students.

Sidney C. Huntington high school shares campuses with the  Galena Interior Learning Academy. This arrangement doubles the courses, facilities, instructors, and activities available to local students as well as boarding school students.

(Galena Interior Learning Academy)

The Galena Interior Learning Academy is a state-wide boarding school for grades 9 through 12 and is Alaska’s longest operating residential secondary vocational school.

It is accredited by the “Northwest Association of Accredited Schools”. The Galena Interior Learning Academy also offers post secondary-vocational programs authorized by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education.

The residential school has become an example of success with students from all over the state who left home in search of better educational opportunities. The unique combination of academics and vocational offerings and highly qualified staff gives the students an advantage.

IDEA Homeschool
(Interior Distance Education of Alaska)

The IDEA Homeschool (Interior Distance Education of Alaska) program is the homeschool support program of the Galena City School District, serving the needs of students throughout Alaska since 1997.

We are privileged to partner with homeschooling parents, providing resources and support to committed parents who individualize education for each child.

IGrad Alaska Academic Recovery Program

One size does not fit all in education. There are many reasons why classroom programs might not work for some students. Health concerns? Family obligations? Work obligations? Credit recovery needs? The list goes on. iGrad is designed from the ground up to meet the individual needs of the student.

If you or someone you know needs a quality alternative program, iGrad can help!

Galena Post Secondary Adult Programs

The Galena City School District offers many different Post Secondary adult programs. CTE program highlights include Drone Aviation, Automotive Technology, and Cosmetology.

Sidney Huntington (at the age of 98) during the annual graduation ceremony. 
Photo by Paul Apfelbeck


On May 10, 2015, the Galena community honored and celebrated Sidney C. Huntington’s 100th birthday. His transformational contributions to the city, state and region as well as to both the Galena Interior Learning Academy and Sidney C. Huntington schools were recognized, appreciated and admired through a traditional potlatch. Stories of his life and his tremendous impact on education were an inspiration felt by all and we will be forever grateful for his steady-hand, immense character and his stewardship. Mr. Huntington’s favorite quotes reads “Make life worth living: work hard, keep up a good spirit, and have a good attitude towards others. This will take you a long way in life.” Each day, we strive to personify these traits and ensure they remain pillars of our educational philosophy within Galena City Schools.

State of Alaska: https://dec.alaska.gov/spar/csp/sites/galena.htm 
Alaska Public Media: https://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/05/11/galena-elder-turns-100/