Anchor Expands, Grows With Help of Catalyst Grant

Anchor Lutheran School in Anchorage, Alaska, is starting a new school year with some key updates – thanks to the help of a 2022 NOW District Catalyst Grant.

Funds were awarded to assist Anchor’s expansion into high school, as well as the implementation of a high-quality music and STEAM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and mathematics). This has allowed them to attract more students and offer a more diverse educational experience than ever before.

“The addition of the STEAM Lab and Music Center has had a whole school impact by giving us flexibility in our facilities to provide a diverse educational system that includes these critical pieces of a robust education,” said Dr. Matthew Baxter, Director of Anchor Lutheran School.

The facilities enhancement project was mostly completed by July; final touches are scheduled for completion over winter break. School started on Aug. 17 with a 25 percent increase in enrollment, and high school was at 70 percent capacity. Currently, the high school program is at 90 percent capacity. Baxter said the action from parents has been incredibly positive.

“Our community is excited about enhancing our science and music program and adding design to our curriculum offerings,” he said. “Some families have waited for generations for Anchor High School. Parents often tell us how satisfied they are with Anchor and encourage us to keep moving in the positive direction we are headed. This positive momentum can be felt throughout our community as we look toward the future of expanding our facilities to accommodate our growing community.”

And there’s more to come. Their “Grow with Anchor” campaign is dedicated to raising funds that will be allocated to adding 13 more classrooms and a gymnasium. But thanks to Catalyst funds, they are off to a very good start.

“The Catalyst funds have impacted Anchor’s ability to serve the community by expanding into high school and continuing to serve our families through these formative years,” Baxter said. “It has also provided our new families with a Christ-centered approach to education that is an alternative to other local school systems.”

The NOW District Catalyst Grant is awarded annually to projects that show brand-new and unique ways to build bridges into the community. It is one of the ways the District tangibly supports ministry across the Northwest. If you have a project that would be a match for Catalyst Funds, download the guidelines and get started! Feb. 1 is the deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry.

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