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January is High School Choice Month
January the time of year for all eighth grade students in Juneau to choose which high school they would like to attend. Incoming freshmen are free to choose either Juneau-Douglas High School (JDHS) or Thunder Mountain High School (TMHS). Bus transportation is provided across the district to both comprehensive high schools.

The Juneau School District also offers other high school options including Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School (YDHS) and HomeBRIDGE correspondence, both of which require an application and interview. Those programs have additional requirements and may not be available to all freshmen. No matter which school you attend, all students can participate in competitive sports and activities. All three high schools are accredited and issue a full diploma.
How do students choose?
First, plan to attend High School Information Nights to find out about the unique programs of the different schools. Presentations are held at each high school and students can attend one or both sessions. Staff from all schools will be at both evenings so you can learn about all high school programs.

Tuesday, January 23rd at 5:30 pm @JDHS
Wednesday, January 24th at 5:30 pm @TMHS

Second, complete a High School Choice Card to select the school you want to attend. Cards will be available soon on this page, at the information nights and at middle schools.

High School Choice Cards will be due to middle school offices in February 2018. Make sure your parent or guardian signs the card before returning it to your middle school. Students not returning cards are assigned a high school based on where they live.
Information about high school programs
Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School offer comprehensive academics, arts, career and technical education courses. Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School provides a small school setting designed for students who are behind on credits and need extra supports to graduate. All high schools offer AVID classes (Advancement via Individual Determination), postsecondary preparation, and advising.

JDHS and TMHS

9th Grade
All freshmen are enrolled in required English, math, and science classes. Students also take other classes including social studies, physical education, health, work readiness, fine arts/world languages, and career and technical education electives.

Career Pathways and Endorsements

Students can choose elective courses connected to Career Pathways and Endorsements at both JDHS and TMHS.

Pathways provide students with an opportunity to choose a special area of study to enrich their education and explore career choices.
Endorsements outline a series of connected courses taken in a pathway and are listed on a student’s transcript upon graduation.

Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered at both JDHS and TMHS. Elective courses at all high schools help meet graduation requirements and provide opportunities for students to earn college credits with the University of Alaska.

High school course catalogs with detailed descriptions about each class and programs are available at schools.

Juneau-Douglas High School

11 months ago

Juneau-Douglas High School Programs


  • Choosing Healthy Options in Cooperative Education (CHOICE) is available to students in grades 9-11 who may need extra support to graduate. Students work with the same teachers for three years and develop close relationships.  

  • Early Scholars is a high achieving and culturally-relevant, place-based learning environment for Alaska Native and Native American students.  Students in grades 10-12 loop through their social studies core requirements as well as take UAS seminars each semester during the school day.  

Career Pathways and Endorsements

  • ACE-Architecture, Auto, Construction, Engineering  

    • Architecture  

    • Auto Mechanics  

    • Construction     

    • Engineering  

  • Health Sciences  

  • Marine Science

  • Business or Media Communications  

  • Fine Arts  

    • Instrumental

    • Theater  

    • Visual Arts  

    • Vocal Performance  

JDHS Principal, Paula Casperson

(907) 523-1501, jdhs.juneauschools.org


Thunder Mountain High School

11 months ago

Thunder Mountain High School Programs


Career Pathways and Endorsements

  • Marine and Environmental Sciences

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math-STEM

  • Culinary Arts

  • Fine Arts  

    • Digital Communications  

    • Performance Arts  

    • Visual Arts  

TMHS Principal, Dan Larson

(907) 780-1900, tmhs.juneauschools.org


Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School

11 months ago

Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School Programs


  • Classes are small (approximately 16 students) and have mixed grades. Advanc-ED school accreditation recognized YDHS for its strong mission, excellent staff, and student-centered program.

  • Credits are awarded on a quarter system; there are opportunities to start at YDHS throughout the school year at the beginning of each quarter.

  • YDHS has a strong connection to the community; classes integrate place-based learning opportunities, and students and staff regularly give back to the community.

  • Advisory is an important part of the school community. Students and families work closely with an academic advisor who helps develop a personalized plan for graduation and explore postsecondary pathways.

  • Most students at YDHS are juniors and seniors.

Principal Kristin Garot, YDHS

(907) 523-1800, ydhs.juneauschools.org


High School Activities

11 months ago

Activities Programs


Both JDHS and TMHS offer a full range of activities and athletics and are member schools of the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) and Region V.  All incoming freshmen are immediately eligible for first semester activities. Continued eligibility is determined by grade checks and semester grades.  

Students who transfer from one high school to another should be aware that there is a one year sit out period before participating in ASAA Varsity Level activities at another high school in Juneau. 

Check with each school to identify specific activities and athletics that are offered. Fall athletics often start prior to the first day of school.

YDHS and HomeBRIDGE students can participate in activities at either TMHS or JDHS.