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Northern Lights Abc K-8 School

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Posted September 23, 2009

Parents and grandparents of Northern Lights ABC students are committed to their children and grandchildren becoming responsible citizens. Northern Lights ABC is fostering the development of our future citizens through the academic, athletic and social structure of the educational standard it embraces. Respect for our country, for teachers, fellow students and patriotism are woven into the wonderful educational program of this outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Northern Lights abc school teaches respect... something our country is seeing diminish quite quickly! Kids are taught in a caring yet firm method.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

The teachers at NLABC regularly demonstrate boundless enthusiasm for their profession and are actively involved with all of the students in their care. I am confident this school offers an excellent learning experience to my children, both academically and as relates to the development of civic responsibility. This school is the 'complete package.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

The school requires foreign language and either choir, band, or orchestra in the junior high grades. The teachers stick around year after year because they like teaching here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2009

I went to Northern Lights ABC from 2nd grade to 7th grade. The only reason I left was to move state, and I'm sad that I can't find such a great school. I don't mind that there's no sports. The teachers are great, and so is the principal and I love the school! If any of my teachers see this, hi Mr. Coverdale, Mr. Bissell, Mr. DeMoss, Mrs. Neill, Miss Frackman, Mrs. Mckee, Sra. Hohnstein, Miss Wallace, Ms. Ireland, and Ms. Easton!!! <3 Shelby :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 23, 2008

I went to this school for 8 years, I made so many friends, some of them stayed with me to high school. This school is small but it foucuses on each and every student.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 29, 2008

This school was really focused on education and discipline. When I went into high school, I felt really prepared because i had been able to develop good habits at this school. I was taught the importance of always doing my homework, studying every night, and having good behavior, and when I went into high school you could really see how much more successful students that came from Northern Lights were compared to those that had attended other schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2008

Northern Lights ABC K-8 is a very good school, considering discipline, parent involvement (that can be good and bad), teacher quality, and principal leadership. However, extracurrilar acvitvities are farther down the list. There are NO sports teams, clubs, etc. I think it could improve in such areas.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 29, 2008

this school is so focused on how u behave and the teachers really want to motvate u to get a good grade in every class. ive been at northern lights abc since a 2nd grade and they have really helped me in a lot of things, evn when im struggling really bad in grades.
—Submitted by a student


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 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 76% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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97%

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95%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 66% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
English language learners100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students99%
Female97%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
English language learners93%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learners100%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students83%
Female82%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander76%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students95%
Female95%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female97%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students95%
Female97%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander89%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students99%
Female97%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female97%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Female100%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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%
Female100%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female97%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students91%
Female100%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 Students87%
Female81%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students93%
Female91%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial90%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students87%
Female84%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial70%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students91%
Female91%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander93%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial80%
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 47% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 6%
Two or more races 16% 8%
Hispanic 8% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 23%
Black 3% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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

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