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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Anchorage School District is an above average, public school district located in Anchorage, AK. It has 48,238 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 40% in reading.
Address
5530 E Northern Lights Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99504
Telephone
(907) 742-4000
Website

Anchorage School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
40%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1200
1,275 responses
Average ACT
26
614 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
48,238
Free or Reduced Lunch
46.3%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.8%

Finances

Total Expenses
$786,647,000
Expenses Per Student
$19,095/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    37%
  • Other
    3%
Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$74,938
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,127
National
$949
Median Home Value
$239,460
National
$184,700

Anchorage School District Reviews

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I enjoyed my time in the ASD. I am apart of the Biomedical Career Academy at my school. Which is preparing and giving me insights into the health career fields. Anchorage School Distirct is one of the most diverse school districts in the nation! The school district, and my high school in particular, are very inclusive. We encourage inclusivity in our classrooms, clubs, and outside in the real world. My high school was awarded for our Partners Club by Special Olympics. The only thing I have to say is that all these amazing things happen because of our teachers and staff. The school board does not appriciate our teachers and staff. They do not pay them well, don't give good retirement or any at all, and do not acknowledge them. The other thing is that because of their budget cuts our class sizes are very large.
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Despite being the largest system comprised of 8 individual high schools in Anchorage (Alaska's largest city), ASD could most definitely use improvement. I attended Eagle River High School (An ASD school) for my freshman and sophomore year and was not impressed by the quality of education, teachers, curriculum, and culture. The teachers that ASD employed felt more like babysitters whose main focus was to hand out busywork that both confused and stressed out students. Many of my peers, as well as myself, found it hard to concentrate and keep interested in several of our classes due to this aspect. When combined with a 7:30 am start time, this challenge was even greater.
I think that the Anchorage School District is a good place. They really focus on the success of the students and especially having good attendance. We are reminded here daily about the importance of education and talk a lot about the college board and the growing responsibility of an adult. I'd say some of the teachers though could be better though. I feel like within the school district there needs to be more involved with the community and the overall school environment. With a student with many ideas, I believe the consideration of such could bring a full-on happy environment for the students.