Adventure Based Education
We offer programs that actively engage students to step outside their comfort zones in order to discover their strengths.
Challenge by Choice
Students are respected and empowered by choosing their own level of participation in the challenges we provide on our various courses.
Trauma Informed & Engaged
As a trauma sensitive school our programs focus on supporting student’s mental, emotional and physical health; creating a climate where students feel safe, confident in their ability to learn and can connect with adults and peers in a positive manner.
Experiential education is a philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people’s capacity to contribute to their communities.
Placed Based Education and Land Acknowledgement
We integrate experiences that connect students to local heritage, culture and the environment both community based places/organizations and Alaska’s natural environment.
The Upper Cook Inlet of Southcentral Alaska is Dena’ina and Ahtna homeland. Onward & Upward’s Land Acknowledgement is a formal statement recognizing the Indigenous people of this land and place. It is a public gesture of recognition and appreciation for the past and present Indigenous stewardship of the lands that we now occupy. Land Acknowledgment opens a space to develop understanding, gratefulness, and respect for the contributions, innovations, and contemporary perspective of Indigenous peoples. It is an actionable statement that marks our community’s collective movement towards inclusion, decolonization, and equity.
Through our courses, Onward & Upward facilitates education that furthers the goals of land acknowledgement and the recognition of Indigenous land, language, and culture.