Starting July 7th maintenance will be spraying for weeds around the following buildings: Central Office, TBJH, AHS, Stadium and fields. Please avoid areas where signs are posted. Spaying should end August 4th, weather permitting.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Alpena Public Schools is accepting SCHOOLS OF CHOICE applications for non-resident students for all grades in all schools for all programs under SECTIONS 105 and 105c.  Applications will be accepted from August 1, 2017 through September 8, 2017.  Enrollment documents may be obtained at 2373 Gordon Road, Alpena between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at  Completed paperwork must be submitted at 2373 Gordon Road within the application period.  For additional information, call Angie at 989-358-5025.

ATTENTION AHS STUDENTS: Student lists for AP Euro, AP Gov, AP Lang/Comp and AP Psych are available HERE.

Families in Alpena County have a choice between two competing public school systems:

  • Alpena Public Schools, the area's original public school system, which has been serving the area for more than 130 years
  • Bingham Arts Academy, a charter school founded in 2004 and managed by Mosaica Education, Inc., a for-profit firm. Bingham Arts is NOT part of Alpena Public Schools.

Compare Alpena Public Schools to our competition, and you'll see: We are the BEST Choice!

Quality Curriculum

b_100_116_16777215_00_images_books.jpgBecause Alpena Public Schools is a K-12 district, we are able to offer families a consistent experience from the first day of kindergarten to the day they walk across the stage to receive their diploma. The important transitions from elementary to middle school to high school occur smoothly within our system. The resources entrusted to us by our community provide a solid foundation in math, literacy, science and social studies. Our elementary math program uses the highly-regarded "Math Expressions" series to give our youngest students a strong start in calculation and critical thinking. Our new K-6 "Benchmark Literacy" reading program offers research-based comprehension instruction and a strong phonics component. And APS goes beyond the basics, with highly qualified professionals offering these specialized programs:

  • Vocal and Instrumental Music
  • Visual Arts in a variety of media
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses
  • Free Dual Enrollment for college credit
  • Inter-scholastic athletics

As a full-featured K-12 school system, Alpena Public Schools will open northeastern Michigan's first Early College program during the fall of 2014. This unique program offers students a chance to graduate with a high school diploma AND a college degree at the same time!

Academic Achievement

Since both Alpena Public Schools and Bingham Arts Academy are public systems, their students are required to participate in the annual MEAP tests. Here are the most recent results for Alpena and Bingham:




Data for Science and Social Studies tests show similar results. The evidence is clear - Alpena Public Schools consistently outperforms Bingham Arts Academy in the key academic areas of Math, Reading and Writing.

Local Control

Bingham Arts Academy is managed by a for-profit management company based in New York named Mosaica Education, Inc. It charges a management fee to each of the schools it manages, which is paid through the tax dollars that Bingham receives from the state of Michigan. Mosaica generates about $125 million in revenue from the 90 schools it manages around the world.

Alpena Public Schools is governed by elected representatives who live and work right here in our community. We are accountable to our community, and 100% of the tax dollars we receive from the state of Michigan stay right here in Alpena to pay staff, buy supplies and fund programs, not profits.

Right to Know

People have a right to choose the educational solution that's best for their child. Alpena Public Schools respects that. However, we believe that we offer a world-class education right here in our home town, and it would be wrong for us to not point it out. It takes facts to make an informed decision. The facts support this conclusion: Alpena Public Schools is the BEST Choice!

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