The increase at Akhiok School justified adding a third teacher to instruct the 21 students.
“We knew at the end of the school year in May and we started looking for a new teacher,” rural schools secretary Amber Schmidt said. “That hasn’t happened in quite a few years.”
Teachers Bruce Adams, Keith Gray and Barbara Gray all are knew to the community.
Old Harbor School and Ouzinkie School report increased enrollment this year to 32 students each, while Larsen Bay School grows from 10 students last year to 16.
Enrollment is lower at Port Lions, with 17, and Karluk, with 10.
Chiniak remained steady at 11 students.
This year also marks the initiation of mostly coordinated calendars between rural and town schools.
“Last year we had a different calendar for each of our schools,” Schmidt said.
Old Harbor and Akhiok schools will take vacation days from spring break to observe Orthodox holidays in January.