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Northern Lights ABC K-8 School

Public | K-8 | 617 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted November 19, 2013

I'm sorry but this school is horrible at hiring teachers. When my child was in fourth grade her paper was ripped to pieces just for doing it in class. The teacher spent all of her time texting in class while she was supposed to be teaching. Also she spent time telling stories all day.


Posted October 30, 2013

I feel as though my daughter should be wearing a uniform to Northern Lights but thats just one persons opinion and when it comes down to it, it never hurts to see both sides of the spectrum. I like my hats and hoodies. Definite double standard when it comes to allowing individual expression at that school. Yes, they hold their students accountable and don't put up with slackers or unmotivated families because when your kids do start going here, you as a parent will be helping every night with homework. I only gave them three stars because of lack of welcoming I felt from just about all the staff. I realize the school is strict but there is no reason the staff should have no care or concern in the way they talk to you or your child. Yes, they do teach respect, but they won't be any nurturing involved in teaching respect. It feels more like 'YOU WILL RESPECT ME OR ELSE' Thats the ONE thing this school lacks is 'CARE AND CONCERN'... they have more a mentality of 'MOVE IT LOSE IT' so be prepared for a competitive atmosphere that Commends and Recognizes good grades and following everyone else. This is not a school that builds individualism and uniqueness.


Posted September 10, 2013

Great school, The school atmosphere is one of caring and trust, which enhances the learning environment. My child love her school and their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

I personally love this school. The staff is very involved and it shows that they care about my children and want them to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2011

The teachers at this school are excellent. The Principal is very involved, available and supportive.


Posted April 26, 2010

Besided focus on creating a strong academic foundation for future learning, the school strives to teach the students to respect themselves and to respect others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

They are committed to teaching the children not only the foundations of education but also patriotism and personal responsibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

Northern Lights ABC School it's the best school in town, have the best teachers and have a great environment for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

NLABC is the best school in the state, We have the best teachers and the greatest staff in the city. I have to give a very special thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Nishimuri.She cares for each student she teaches and she has a dedication to them and their parents. She needs to be recognized as the best teacher of the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

It teaches 13 core values that will help children succeed in life. It promotes positive learning by encouraging hard work and earning awards for success. The teachers are awesome! They love kids, work hard, but have fun too. I loooove Northern Lights ABC!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

It is a relief to see a school that has conservative, traditional values with such high expectations of its students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

Parent participation is huge which, I believe, helps the children to learn and grow. My son is in kindergarten and the program for him is teaching him responsibility, being a good citizen and learning for life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

With the exception of the secretaries NLABC is a great school with the best teachers who really love thier jobs!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

NLABC school emphasis on strict discipline and good moral character building sets the stage for a condusive learning environment and makes the child an asset to society. Their high standard on academics and parents involvement in the curriculum sets this school a part from the rest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Northern Lights ABC school teaches respect and disipline along with academics; pricipals our country is in need of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Love, love, love this school. My little boy just started Kindergarten here and it is a perfect fit. Very well organized and the teachers are top-notch! Love the 1/2 day kindergarten so much! Highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

I love my son's school! So far, I'm very impressed and pleasantly surprised with the faculty and staff, the high curriculum standards, and their Patriotic views. Couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

NLABC is an optional school that re-inforces good behavior, along with important educational life skills. They have a complex grading system that encourages great study habbits as well as high expectations for every single student. There is a great deal of helpful PTA /Staff members. I love walking into that school and observing the behavior of the students walking in a straight line down the hall with their hands by their side, it makes me realize how lucky my daughter is to attend Northern Lights ABC. It is just as big of a commitment for the parents as it is for the children attending, which is great because it filters out anyone who isn't committed to getting an excellent education. The statistics that come from prior students of Northern Lights ABC are fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

I love Northern Lights ABC School because my daughter is learning, not only, academically but also how important it is to become a great citizen. They are giving her a wonderful base to becoming a successful and well rounded person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

NLABC is full of professionals and parents who are committed to securing a sound educational foundation for our kids. What are thought of as old-fashioned fundamentals of reading, writing and math are the pillars of what becomes for most of these kids a love of life-long learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
>=95%

2008

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
>=95%

2008

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
>=95%

2008

 
 
>95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
94%

2008

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
92%

2008

 
 
>95%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
55%

2008

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
94%

2008

 
 
>95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
96%

2008

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
>=95%

2008

 
 
>95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
94%

2009

 
 
>=95%

2008

 
 
96%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

78 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
>=95%

2008

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2011.

78 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
>=95%

2008

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

78 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
>=95%

2008

 
 
95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
93%

2008

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
93%

2008

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2011.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
93%

2008

 
 
88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2011.

44 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
82%

2008

 
 
>95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
92%

2008

 
 
>95%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2011.

44 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
71%

2008

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 77% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
>=90%

2008

 
 
>95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students95%
Female>=90%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial>=80%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=80%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learners57%
Migrant>=60%

Reading

All Students95%
Female>=90%
Male>=95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial>=80%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=80%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learners57%
Migrant>=60%

Writing

All Students92%
Female>=90%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander84%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial>=80%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learners43%
Migrant>=60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students>=95%
Female>=90%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=80%
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=80%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female>=90%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=80%
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students73%
Female63%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial75%
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students>=95%
Female>=90%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=80%
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=80%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=80%
Multiracial>=80%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=90%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=80%
Multiracial>=80%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=90%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=80%
Multiracial>=80%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=90%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students94%
Female91%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial>=75%
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=80%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%

Reading

All Students95%
Female93%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial>=75%
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=80%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%

Writing

All Students96%
Female>=95%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial>=75%
Native Americann/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=80%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students92%
Female>=90%
Male88%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=60%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=60%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female>=90%
Male>=90%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=60%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=60%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female>=90%
Male88%
Black>=60%
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=60%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=60%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
Female>=90%
Male>=80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=60%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=75%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students>=95%
Female>=90%
Male>=80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=60%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=75%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students91%
Female>=90%
Male>=80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=60%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students>=95%
Female>=90%
Male>=80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=60%
Native Americann/a
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged>=75%
Not economically disadvantaged>=90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 52%
Asian 21% 6%
Two or more races 13% 7%
Hispanic 8% 6%
Black 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 23%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Anchorage, AK 99507
Phone: (907) 742-7500

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