Paul T. Albert Memorial School

Paul T. Albert Memorial School (P.T.A.M.S.) is a public K-12 school with an enrollment of around 108 students.  
PTAMS Building

Since 100% of our student population is  Alska Native we are a Dual Language school. This 

means that our Kindergarten through 5th grade students learn to speak, read, and write in both Yugtun and English.  Students, teachers, and community members are encouraged to participate in Language Of The Day (LOD).  This means that in the hallways, office, and cafeteria on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays people are encouraged to  speak Yugtun to the best of their abilities. ( Monday= Pekyun, Wednesday= Pingayirin, Friday= Tallimirin) On Tuesdays and Thursdays people  are encouraged to speak English in these areas.

1st Grade Dual Language Pair


The Elementary school is arranged into Dual Language Teaching Teams, one teacher teaches in Yugtun and the other in English. English Language Arts and Math are taught in English. Yugtun Language Arts, Science and Social Studies are taught in Yugtun. Each grade participates in Language Of the Day Activities in both Yugtun and English throughout the week, for example the 4th and 5th grade write journal entries in Yugtun on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and in English Tuesday and Thursday.


The High School is a on credit system. Students need 22 credits (5 in Language Arts, 3 in Science, 3 in Math, 3 in Social Studies, 1 in Yuuyaraq, and 6 in Electives) to graduate. Our current four year graduation rate is 60%. It is the goal  of  the Secondary Team (and the District) to raise this graduation rate to 75% in the next 2 years.

    At P.T.A.M.S. we try to provide our students with as many extra-curricular learning activities as possible. These include: cross-country, basketball, FLL Robotics, Speech, Native Youth Olympics (NYO), and Yup’ik Dance Team.  Starting in the fall of 2017, we will be offering Cultural Friday’s where elders and artisans can pass their wisdom and traditional skills on to the students during hands-on workshops.

School Hours:
8:00-8:30 Breakfast
8:35-8:45 Morning Meeting/ Announcements
8:45-4:00 School in session Monday- Thursday 
8:45-1:00 School in session Friday
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