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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Polaris K-12 School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Anchorage, AK. It has 475 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 18 to 1. According to state test scores, 38% of students are at least proficient in math and 54% in reading.
Address
6200 Ashwood Street
Anchorage, AK 99507
Telephone
(907) 742-8700
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Polaris K-12 School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
54%
Percent Proficient - Math
38%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1270
14 responses
Average ACT
29
8 responses
AP Enrollment
12%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Rural
Median Household Income
$80,862
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,231
National
$949
Median Home Value
$298,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
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Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
475
Free or Reduced Lunch
18%
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
20%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
14.3%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.6 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.6 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$17,029/ year
National
$12,239
29%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
14%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
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I have been going to Polaris K-12 School since I was in seventh grade and I fell in love with it! I love going to a school where kids ranging from kindergarten to twelfth grade walk the hallways. As a person who wants to work with kids as an adult, this is the perfect environment for me. All of the teachers are very understanding and push the students to do their best in everything they do. The students also have a huge voice when it comes down to what has happened around the school. I love the block schedule and the opportunity to take college classes at the school. The only problem with this school is the drama that goes around among the students. There are many students that were very dramatic in middle school and that brought a lot of conflict throughout the grade. High school, however, is drama free. I also wish that the drama department had a theater so that all of the concerts would not have to be preformed in the gym. That is the only problem with smaller schools.
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Polaris is a strange place. I attended this school for 4 years all throughout high school. The environment is designed for elementary level learning, which somewhat alienates the high school pupils. The school is not diverse and is quite small. The school doesn't have sports or real functioning clubs. The teachers are somewhat of a different story.

Some really care, and others not so much. In my experience, I've witnessed teachers gossiping about other students to their class, and pick favorites. The administration is very curious about student life and small, sometimes false accusations cause huge investigations. Suspensions are somewhat common among high-school and middle students for drugs or postings on social media. The student life is non-existent. There are cliques and not much to choose from because of the small number of students. Polaris really is strange. From a high schooler's perspective, if I was a parent, I would not send my kid here.
I've loved being able to attend Polaris for so long. Relationships here are built on mutual respect, rather than one-sided respect, which encourages students to have confidence in their abilities and try new things. Most teachers here are willing to make sacrifices in order to help a student that wants to do better, and many are constantly encouraging students to push the limits of their comfort zones.

There are many opportunities posed through Polaris K-12, such as our flexible schedule, which allows students to take independent study classes or to teach classes on topics of their own interest for academic credit, or such as our intensives: multi-week breaks from normal classes that focus in depth on other topics.