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Sand Lake Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 706 students

 
 

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5 stars


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Posted October 10, 2010

My boys both attend Sand Lake, not the immersion program, and it is the best school they have ever been in. I am a teacher and very picky about schools and they have been in schools in Delaware, Tennessee, and Louisiana before moving to Alaska. The academics are on par with any school out there, but what makes it truly special is the environment. My sons have built self-confidence because of the celebration of diversity, the individualized involvement of the teachers, and the emphasis on utilizing each child's strengths. There is no emphasis on "teaching to the test" but on real life experiences, hands on learning, multi-sensory activities, and differentiated instruction. I only wish that my kids would have been young enough to enter the Japanese immersion program. The principal is also amazing and highly involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

Sand Lake has amazing staff who genuinely care about the students and their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

My children have attended this school; for the last 5 years, each joined at separate times. Though I have had my problems with the administration and a few teachers here and there, I think that Sand Lake is a fantastic school. The majority of the teachers look at your kids like they are their family and treat you as if your their family as well. They really take a avid interest in your child, and in a good way. I loved my kids teachers and if I had problem w/ one of them, I would just transfer them to a teacher that we saw more eye to eye with and had the same mission. All in all Sand Lake is the only school in this area that I would have my child attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

Well I was in the Japanese program at Sand Lake when I was in Kindergarten and 1st grade, it was amazing! I moved to Portland, OR halfway into 1st grade I went to Richmond and I am now a 6th grader at MT. Tabor!! Its Awesome being in the Japanese program!! It stuck with me for life....
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2006

My son went to Sand Lake for 1st grade. We moved, so unfortunately he no longer attends this school. It was a very hard decision to take him out of such a nurturing school environment. His teacher was AMAZING, meeting each child's individual learning needs. The principal is very 'hands-on.' He seems to be very supportive of the staff, as the teachers seem very happy to be at school. To me this is a sign of great leadership. Get involved with you child's class and the school! You will be delighted with the experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2005

My oldest son will be starting 2nd grade and has loved going to school here. The teachers have worked shown a great interest in his efforts and encourge him to do his best. I've seen a big change in his knowledge over the past 2 years and his last teacher pointed out that the school has an Excel program starting with the 2nd grade students. Sand Lake has a Japanese Emersion program which is very popular and it even spills over into the regular classes by exposing the other children to some of the Japanese culture.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2005

Sand Lake Elementary is one of the best schools I have ever had the pleasure of having my children attend! The staff and teachers are the best!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 75% in 2011.

114 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
75%

2008

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2011.

115 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
84%

2008

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

115 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
79%

2008

 
 
85%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
86%

2008

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2011.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
91%

2009

 
 
85%

2008

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
52%

2008

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2011.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
79%

2009

 
 
85%

2008

 
 
85%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
75%

2008

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
83%

2008

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
88%

2008

 
 
84%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
75%

2008

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2011.

98 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
87%

2008

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2011.

98 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
83%

2008

 
 
86%
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 Students83%
Female88%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial84%
Native American50%
White89%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learners56%
Migrant>=60%

Reading

All Students89%
Female92%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial88%
Native American67%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learners69%
Migrant>=60%

Writing

All Students82%
Female90%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial81%
Native American56%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learners50%
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 Students84%
Female81%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial55%
Native American>=60%
White93%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities87%
English language learners46%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female79%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial64%
Native American>=60%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners<=20%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female56%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander55%
Hispanic<=25%
Multiracial55%
Native American43%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities<=40%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learners<=20%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female89%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic>=75%
Multiracial>=80%
Native American>=60%
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learners27%
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 Students76%
Female76%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial>=80%
Native American50%
White82%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities<=20%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female87%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial>=80%
Native American50%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities<=20%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female87%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander>=80%
Hispanic>=60%
Multiracial>=80%
Native American58%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities90%
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 Students79%
Female83%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=80%
Native American70%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities<=25%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%

Reading

All Students86%
Female85%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=80%
Native American>=80%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%

Writing

All Students84%
Female88%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander83%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=80%
Native American70%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities90%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 52%
Two or more races 18% 7%
Asian 15% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 23%
Hispanic 6% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Black 2% 4%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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7500 Jewel Lake Rd
Anchorage, AK 99502
Phone: (907) 243-2161

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