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5151 Abbott Rd
Anchorage, AK 99507

(907) 742-5500
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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
no rating November 04, 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
no rating October 25, 2009
There is no question that Trailside breaks out the best in our children

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating October 08, 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
October 03, 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
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating September 26, 2009
Trailside is great! everyone is friendly and the staff is very welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
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
September 26, 2009
It would be difficult to find a better public elementary school out there anywhere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
I love the performance program - kids get a chance to act, sing and dance - what a great opportunity.

- submitted by a community member
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
no rating September 25, 2009
A close, up beat school that cares about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating September 25, 2009
Trailside is a great school and my son has had the best teachers I Know

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating September 25, 2009
Trailside has great involved teacher. I love the extra events! I feel my child gets extra attention at Trailside!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Trailside is a great place for kids. I love the level of activities my child gets at Trailside.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
It proximity to our home and above all the wonderful and helpful staff

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
The level of engagement of the teachers and staff has been inspirational and much more than expected.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
The teachers and staff truly care about the students and their education. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers and the teachers welcome parents' input. My kids LOVE to go to Trailside Elementary School everyday! :)

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
The teachers have a love for teaching that extends beyond the classroom hours. They willingly volunteer their time after school to help students excel in drama, music, foreign language, and a host of other subjects. School is a place my daughter enjoys because of this attitude!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
Awesome school! Close by, great teachers, great programs and great families!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
The teachers really understand their students. They do a great job of teaching by making their classes fun and interesting.

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September 22, 2009
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September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating September 22, 2009
Trailside is an awesome school with awesome parents, teachers and students!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I love Trailside because the teachers are awesome, the other staff members are very caring and my son has had a great time learning and making friends there. :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
My son has excellerated at Trailside after leaving his first two years at another school. We can't say enough about the school, the teachers, the parent involvement. More importantly the principle, he is so involved. when we had issues with a local home owner and issues on the bus the prinicple handled each issue immediatley with excellent results. We are just thrilled about the education my son is receiving at Trailside!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Great teachers and parental support, excellent staff and facility!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Trailside has a great group of students, parents and wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Devoted teachers, extra nice and caring administrators, and strong PTSA

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
The teachers make learning fun, individualized learning plans, family nights are great!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
A great school with excellent teachers, well organized leadership, and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
I love Trailside Elementary School because they have done such an amazing job of engaging the kids and helping them to love the process of learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Trailside has awesome teachers that truly care about thier students,the encourage and guide the students to perform their best

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Trailside has excellent teachers that take a genuine interest in the development of their students. Students become engaged and enjoy their school environment. Great communication from leadership. A high number of parents are involved with volunteering at Trailside.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I volunteer at Trailside and the staff are all very friendly,professional,and well educated. The students are well behaved and seem to really enjoy being at school. It has been wondeerful seeing the advancement made by the students over the past three years.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
They really get the kids involved

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
My grandaughter is doing great there, parent participation is really high.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
It's an amazing place to work. The entire staff cares about the success of each student. Parent participation is unbelievable. Finally, the students at Trailside also help each other learn and grow to become fine young men and women one day.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2009
All of the staff is very pro-active and our son is very happy there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Trailside has great staff! We love the open door policy, great communication with tachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
We have great kids that attend this school, respectful, hardworking, and apply themselves.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
My kids love it! The teachers are awsome!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
This school is very helpful for strugallinge kids the teachers are there when need be

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
They have great teachers who are real friends to my children. They also have great field trips

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Because the teachers are great to work with and the work great with the parents.

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September 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
The staff creates a safe enviornment for the students to learn while by developing a community minded student body.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
Trailside has excellent teachers who care very much for the kids. They work with them on any problem subjects they are having problems with until they understand and excel.

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2009
Trailside is the best place to learn ! Thats why i chosed this schoool !

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September 19, 2009
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September 19, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
Trailside Elementary is the greatest school because the Teachers and staff are serious about education. They care as if every child is their own and they help them excell toward productive furture.

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2009
Great Teachers, my son loved Trailside so much! He didnt care which teacher he got from K-6.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
This has been a wonderful school for my children. The staff, teachers and principal have been very supportive in making sure my girls are successful each and every year. Thank you everyone!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
Trailside is a awesome school. All of my children went to Trailside. They enjoyed thier time there and the teachers and staff are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Principal Patrick Freeman leads a dynamic, innovative team of professionals. One of those professionals is 1st grade teacher Jamie Locke. She is an outstanding teacher.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The school has all the ingredients for learning...excellent teachers, suporting administration, balanced facilities, and beautiful location.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
It has a great staff and a great student body in a wonderful building in a beautiful state!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
I love how friendly and personable the staff is. Everyone is always smiling and helpful

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I'ts a great school, where teachers care for the kids and its safe.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Our grandkids love school and are enthusiastic about what they are learning. We have enjoyed helping in the classroom when we visit.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
This schoold is the pride of Anchorage. The childred are all smiles at the end of the day.

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2009
Principal Patrick Freeman is a take charge leader with a kind heart. I feel very confident that Trailside will ready my granddaughter for the years ahead. Thank Mrs. Locke for all your hard work and dedication..You are one of a kind.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It has great teachers who care about teaching the children!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers and staffs are working as a one team and take great care of children in school. The principal Mr. Freeman is doing great to be leader as a team and best care to all the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
My 6 year old says his school has a perfect amount of homework... which is making him smarter and smarter:). As a parent I love Trailside Elementary because they welcome assistance from us parents... and because of the parental involvement, the staff appears to be relaxed and able to teach our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
We are new to Trailside this year, but they offer so many opportunities for the kids to be involved in. It seems like a great staff and they encourage the parents to be involved with the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The school rocks because of the teachers and especially because of Valerie.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 18, 2009
This school is the perfect combination of high expectations, high achievement and supportive parents. It's a school where everyone is very friendly, very family oriented, very into the outdoors and very into being green. This is the school where I could stay until the end of my teaching career and this is the school where I would love for my children to attend.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
I love the teachers! They love each child and are dedicated to educating them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Trailside has awesome students, parent volunteers, teachers and staff.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
Trailside Elementary is a school with a heart. The office staff, principal, teachers, support staff, parents, & students work together to make this school the best.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Such a caring staff of teachers who put the students first!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Love this school and its community. The staff, students, and parents are amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Trailside has wonderful teachers, that are energetic about teaching and setting good examples for our children. They go above and beyond to reach each child and make school a safe and stable enviroment to be at. I'm thankful for the character and desire for them to pass on to our children.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The quality of the teachers. They are professional, dedicated and caring.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I can't imagine a better staff and community to work with each day!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
Trailside is so organized and friendly. The students are very polite and friendly as well. As a sub I REALLY appreciate that!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great school with warm atmosphere. Excellent teachers! Many after school activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Trailside has alot of excellent teachers. My daughter is very well challenged. She enjoys the activities there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
it has great programs that help the students and also involves kids from other schools

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Great music program ... great community ... our kids have thrived there!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
If you didn't have a large family before, you do now. Trailside is an extended family that loves and cares about everyone. Trailside is a home away from home. The staff is awesome, the parents are supportive and our principal is very attentive! In sum, TRAILSIDE ROCKS!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Trailside has the best of everything - teachers, staff and location. I LOVE that school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
No school can compete with the top notch staff, parents, & students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
A wonderful school set in the shadows of the Chugach Mountains in Anchorage Alaska, filled with the most dedicated teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Culture of diversity and respect for all students - on top of spectacular academics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
We have the most incredible families in Anchorage! Our school has the greatest reputation for family involvement and for academic success. Everyone in the community feels welcome and there are numerous extra curricular opportunities for students to participate in.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2009
Trailside is the most family orientated school my child has ever attended. The staff truly cares about the kids. The best thing my child learned is a love for reading.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Caring teachers who still try hard to make school fun for the kids while getting them to learn something too.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
My youngest son started Kindergarten at Trailside the year it opened and my oldest son attended 6th grade that year. I had never nor have I since felt so welcome at a school. The sense of community and devotion to the children and families was obvious. I miss being at Trailside to this date but have maintained relationships built during a time at that school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Because the teachers are great, curriculum they teach is great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I have had four children enter that school to date. My oldest son is now in 8th grade and my 3 younger sons are still attending trailside. I love this school because the teachers and staff are excellent. They do everything they can to help the student. I have excellent parent/teacher relationships with my children's teachers. They do an excellent job keeping in touch and letting me know of any concerns or happenings at school. As a working mom I appreciate that immensely.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Trailside teachers care about thier students and try to work with parents to help children reach thier potential

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The students are top-notch, teachers are warm, encouraging and truly dedicated to their job, we have great leadership, awesome parents who really participate in the school community and we have a gorgeous building!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
The staff, students, and parents are so friendly. Everyone works together to make a great community school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Trailside is awesome!! The people, the climate, the view, I could go on and on. I feel very welcome and loved at Trailside! The kids here are smart, funny, and respectful. The teachers and support staff are amazing and selfless. The parents are supportive and helpful. I wouldn't want to be anyplace else!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2009
Trailside has been a wonderful place for my kids to get their education. I have 2 children who attend it and a third next year. I am proud that my children go to Trailside Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love the parent-teacher relationships and how we all pull together to make our school a healthy enviroment for our children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
We have wonderful supportive parents and very talented kids.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2009
Trailside is a great school, with great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Everyone from support staff and teachers, to HS Helpers and PTA cares about the kids at Trailside! Beautiful and Blessed School!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The staff and families at Trailside are the best in Anchorage.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2009
Trailside has the most supportive staff, PTA and families I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The teachers are very engaged and easy to 'get to know'. I truly feel like I'm a partner in my childrens' education and development.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Teacher are very dedicated and spend after housr helping our kids. They are available before and after 'normal' hours for any questions you might have. They encourage kids and parents to do the best. They also give as much time to special needs kids as well as the gifted kits.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Trailside has the best staff, most supportive families, and a super hard-working PTA. It's the best school around!

- submitted by a teacher
September 15, 2009
This school has great Art, Music and PE Programs. The kids are respectful, parents really do care, and it shows, every day.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 15, 2009
What's there not to love?! The staff is knowledgeable and caring, the students are hardworking and enthusiastic, the community support is second to none, and the families are all about quality education. Trailside has got it going on!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
I love the parents and the community. School is a priority for the families.

- submitted by a teacher
September 15, 2009
Trailside ROCKS! We have the best parents, staff, and principal. Our community makes the difference!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
2 of my kids went through Trailside & always felt part of an amazing community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
the teachers are all so great about keeping the families involved in each childs progress

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Trailside is the best school ever! Their teachers and staff are incredible! They really know how to make a parent feel confident that their child is getting the best education there is. Thank you to all who have/had my girls in their class. :-D

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Is an awesome public school with teachers and staff that care.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
trailside elementary school is very well child oriantated and is very involved in what is happening with there students. and there homework.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
September 14, 2009
The PTA is the most involved group of parents I've met, both Board/Committees and membership!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2004
My children both attend Trailside Elementary. This is a wonderful school, incredible parent involvement, great teachers, principle etc. It is a neighboorhood school and many of the parents see each other daily, this helps make this school so unique. There is more diversity in the kids which I like. My daughter as made some wonderful kids here as well as scoring very well on the CAT (California Achievement Tests). The extracurricular activities are exceptional in part because the school is located next to a wonderful forested area.

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Trailside Elementary School
5151 Abbott Rd, Anchorage, AK  99507
(907) 742-5500
Last modified Trailside Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Trailside Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 130 reviews. Top