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Girdwood School

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Posted July 25, 2012

I found this school to be an enormous disappointment. My child was being taught by a teacher whose enthusiasm for teaching had dissipated long ago and really should have retired. My child grew a dislike for school and we were fortunate enough to realize this early on and made the decision to move to a better school in order for him to foster a love for learning. Unfortunately, this is the one and only school in Girdwood, so unless you want to drive to Anchorage every day, you have to deal with this mediocre school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2008

Public school with a private school feeling. Small, close knit community that is very involved in the school. Amazing afterschool programs for the children. Bike paths to the school which makes going to and from school fun!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2005

Test scores aren't everything. When we came to this school we were thrilled to join a class whose scores were so high. The reality is that Girdwood for the most part lacks immigrants and minorities. We found that the high test scores weren't made by superior teaching or programs, rather plain ole' demographics. The other disappointment we have with the Girdwood is the tolerance for the drug and alcohol culture, (which is prevalent in the community). For example, the Jr. High memory book, which was designed by a student, featured a full page landscape of psychoadelic mushrooms and characters from South Park. The administration (and parents) seemed to have no problem with it. Jr. High students can ignore commands from faculty and are perfectly confident that cooperation is optional. So bottom line, test scores aren't everything!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2005

This is a terrific school. It is K-8 and most of the teachers (as well as the students) have been there for a long time. There is tremendous parent participation and the school is really the center of the community. There is about one class per grade so all of the kids are together from Kindergarten on and know each other and their teacher very well. There is great community support for the school and a wonderful extracurricular program as well. The only downside is that after 8th grade the kids have to bus in to town for high school, an hour each way.
—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 76% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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100%

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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.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
85%

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>=80%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
>=80%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
>=80%

2010

 
 
>=80%
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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>=80%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
>=80%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
>=80%

2010

 
 
>=90%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=90%
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.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
>=80%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=80%

2010

 
 
>=80%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
>=80%

2010

 
 
>=80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
>=80%

2010

 
 
>=80%
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 Students88%
Femalen/a
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Femalen/a
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Femalen/a
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not 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 Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female92%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not 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 Students93%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students93%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant93%
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 Students88%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
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 Students79%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
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%
Female91%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female91%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
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 87% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Two or more races 4% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 23%
Black 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Music
  • Band
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Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone: (907) 742-5300

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