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Trailside Elementary School

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Posted July 30, 2013

Trailside is the best. I am saddened we may have to move and my children won't be able to continue here. It is a great atmosphere, the teachers are AWESOME. Trailside is a hard act to follow! Great school! Great teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

What's not to love about Trailside? The teachers and staff are wonderful. The family involvement is amazing, and the kids really enjoy learning. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2009

There is no question that Trailside breaks out the best in our children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

Love the teachers. They have a lot of extra involvement with the kids beyond the normal school day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

The teachers and staff there have made an amazing impact on my two children and we are blessed to be a part of a school that not only provides top-notch education, but actually demonstrates love for the children. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Trailside elementary is the best school in the country for a number of reasons! The best reason is the care and pride they take in our children's education! I am always informed of my child's progress and am given ideas to do at home to better help them! The teachers get every child involved with everyday activities from reading the lunch menu, to daily class leader. The staff from the Principal down is the best with parent relations! I love to walk into school with my child, and I am always greeted every morning with a smile and a hello! I can not say enough about Trailside! It is the best school anywhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Trailsides teachers and staff are an awesome group of people with a common goal to educate our children in a positive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

This school is very involved in the community and has many after school activities for the kids. The teacher are top notch and highly qualified.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

We just switched schools this here and are completely in love with the whole staff of Trailside. We switched because of the schools report card and test scores. I wanted my son to go to the best school and we have found it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

Trailside is great! everyone is friendly and the staff is very welcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

Trailside Elementary School is awesome! The staff is what makes this school special. They are amazingly intuitive, responsive, and genuinely sweet. Our principle, Mr. Freeman, is readily available and will instantly intervene when needed for even a problem as simple as a playground spat or a parking lot issue. If you ask something of him, he is there! Our teachers, gosh, it is hard to even start the list. Ms. Fossler, wow, is all I can say about her. She is the total package in a teacher, compassionate, understanding and this even though she is demanding in her expectations. I witnessed her teaching on many occasions and was shocked by her ability to be able to address an issue right in the midst of teaching. A great example and so very simple, while working in her class one morning I witnessed the following: She was teaching and a child burped, of course the first graders immediately started giggling and without skipping a beat, Ms. Fossler said the following, 'Children, burps are a natural way for the body to expel gas.' Then she went right on with what she was teaching. The class responded by immediately getting back to the subject at hand. My son and I both fell in love with her! Mr. Thompson, what a sweet heart, big smile, happy most of the time. A good solid second grade teacher. Mrs. Keller, our third grade teacher. We are only a few weeks into the school year and I can tell you she is amazing. Immediately responds to any issue or question you may have. I believe she genuinely loves the children! We feel privileged with the teachers we have experienced. I am not going to leave out Ms. Bender, our music teacher, just awesome! Ms. Rand, our librarian, Mr. Meier, gym teacher, the cafeteria staff, Sandy at the front office, and I am sure others I have left out! These are the teachers and staff we have experienced first hand! Not one has been second rate! My son is my 3rd child to have in the school system in Anchorage. He is my first to go to Trailside. I am just amazed! Trailside should definately win this contest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

It would be difficult to find a better public elementary school out there anywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

I love the performance program - kids get a chance to act, sing and dance - what a great opportunity.


Posted September 25, 2009

Trailside Elementary is the best school my children have ever gone to. With my husband in the Airforce they have been to five differant schools. Trailside by far has had the best staff and pricipal. Trailside parental involvement is wonderful and appreciated. The overall climate of this school is great. They come from a possitive reinforcement rather than negative. I am truly proud of our principle and his leadership and active involvement in all of the children's lives and how the school functions as a whole. A job well done! Teacher's are the best around!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

A close, up beat school that cares about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

At Trailside the teachers are very passionate about being involved with making sure there students get the best education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

My step daughter goes to this school and love what they are all about. My wife is happy with the school and I have been there a couple of times for school plays and enjoy the postive attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

Trailside is a great school and my son has had the best teachers I Know
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

Trailside is an outstanding school. I am impressed with trailside and the principle Pat Freeman and with kk teacher Mrs. Locke. My son love his teacher Mrs Locke. She is an A+ teacher. David
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

the teachers really care about their students;they go above and beyond the call of duty; they are very impressive in the way they care.
—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 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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students90%
Female94%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female97%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female92%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
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 Students91%
Female97%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial91%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Special Education with Accomodation64%

Reading

All Students85%
Female94%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial82%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Special Education with Accomodation55%

Science

All Students63%
Female71%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial73%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Special Education with Accomodation36%

Writing

All Students89%
Female97%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial100%
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities62%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Special Education with Accomodation55%
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%
Female79%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Female90%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female84%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
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 Students81%
Female81%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial85%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Special Education with Accomodation18%

Reading

All Students85%
Female86%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial85%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Special Education with Accomodation42%

Writing

All Students82%
Female89%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial85%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Special Education with Accomodation33%
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 54% 51%
Two or more races 17% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 9% 23%
Hispanic 8% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Black 4% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5151 Abbott Rd
Anchorage, AK 99507
Phone: (907) 742-5500

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