This school did not spring into being overnight. It is the result of over 3 years of dreaming and planning on the part of many individuals and organizations, such as the school district, the Doyon Foundation, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks Native Association, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Association of Interior Native Educators.
We are all concerned about Alaska Native students and want to find ways to help them improve their achievement and success in the local school system. After a while, we got tired of just talking about the issue, and decided to do something about it! And so the Effie Kokrine charter school was born!
The organizing group includes teachers, elders, and representatives from many of the agencies and organizations that serve Native children and families. The mission of the charter school is to provide educational opportunities for students to succeed in the world by developing a strong academic empowerment. The philosophy of the charter school is that, for the students to achieve their educational goals, learning must connect, or resonate, with them. The school will make extraordinary efforts to relate curriculum, teaching methods and every aspect of the school experience to the homes and social communities from which the students come.