Alaska does not have statutes with requirements specific to online education; however,
Alaska law establishes requirements for educational institutions in general. In addition
to meeting the following requirements, the student must attend classes for a certain
number of hours per week. The number of hours per week depends on the type of classes
the student attends.
Grades seven through twelve: Alaska’s Department of Education and Early development publishes a list of public
schools (http://www.eed.state.ak.us/Alaskan_Schools/corres/) that provide courses in compliance with Alaska law.
A private school that meets certain requirements complies with Alaska law. The school
must maintain monthly attendance records; operate on a regular schedule; operate at
least 180 days of the year; administer a standardized test to students in grades four,
six, and eight and maintain records of the test results; and maintain records about
student immunizations, physical examinations, standardized testing, academic achievement,
College or university or course of training to prepare the individual for a paying
job: The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education publishes a list of postsecondary
programs (http://acpe.alaska.gov/ABOUT_US/Programs_Services/Institutional_Authorization) that are either authorized to operate or exempt from authorization. Schools on this
list offer courses that comply with the laws of Alaska.
Other programs: Obtain an opinion from OGC if a program does not meet these requirements to determine
if it is consistent with Alaska law.