Skagway was at the top of the state in the 2019 performance evaluation for Alaska’s schools (PEAKS). 

PEAKS is an assessment given to students in third through ninth grades in the spring. In previous years, Skagway has been the highest-ranked district in the state. 

In the 2019 results, Skagway showed 86.15 percent of tested students scoring advanced or proficient in English, 78.46 percent in mathematics and 84.85 percent in science. The state average for English is 39.2 percent, 35.72 percent in mathematics and 46.65 percent in science. 

In a letter to the borough assembly, Skagway School Superintendent Josh Coughran recognized the hard work of the staff, school board and borough assembly in helping Skagway students excel. 

“These results are a validation of all the hard work you put in on a daily basis,” Coughran said.