There are no locks on the lockers and many times you can find an array of student property in the hallway. No one steals there. The students are responsible for their choices and they have a student government set up to include all the students. Everyone has a say and are truly heard.
As a parent I was concerned about the core rule of self responsibility and accountability. All students (7-12 grade) are allowed to leave campus at will as long as they sign themselves out. After having a student there for 2 years, I recognize the value of the system in place. The students must be motivated to go to school but this school is organized to achieve that goal. In traditional school my child was always bullied and friendless. Not any more. At Steller the staff and students respect everyone for their uniqueness. It's ok to be different here and there is no expectation to fit into a perfect mold. Academically, socially, and in every way possible that a parent could hope for their child; this school and staff go above and beyond. As a parent thinking about this school, it's the best decision you could make to prepare your child for success in life. We moved back to Alaska specifically for this school.
I am currently a freshman at Steller and I feel that it is a fantastic school. Unlike many schools where Teachers simply assume that students are going to do something wrong, Steller teachers trust that students are going to do the right thing. They respect a diversity of ideas and don't try to force them on students. The community implicitly trusts each other and Steller prepares students to think and manage themselves, which is more important than any fact they could teach.