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Mt. Spurr Elementary School

Public | PK-6

 
 

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5 stars

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2013:
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Posted July 14, 2014

We love Mt. Spurr! Mrs. Stallman is a phenomenal 1st grade teacher! We are hoping my younger child gets her this year. She emailed parents every day to keep us in the loop of things the kids were working on and reminders of events/activities. We loved Mrs. Bragg as well. She was fair, patient, and really went the extra mile to help my son when he was struggling. He improved tremendously from being in her class! Really impressed with the extra mile they go for the kids. We will also really miss Mrs. Mullings, she was a great principal, very fun and approachable. My kids enjoy this school and their academics have really been great here. It's very clean, organized, and the PTA does a lot of fun things for the kids and familes. I'm very glad that we will be able to enjoy another year at Mt. Spurr, since the past 2 have been so great here. If you have the opportunity to enroll your kids here, do it, you won't be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2014

My wife and I are very happy with Mt Spurr. My son was in Ms Stallman's 1st grade class last year. I was really impressed with her energy and creativity. My son is now reading at an advanced level and I attribute that to Ms Stallman's teaching ability. The staff is all very friendly and professional. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2014

My 4 boys attended Mt Spurr from 2010-2014. It is an excellent school that encourages individuality, challenges it's students and has a welcoming environment. All the teachers seem to love what they do, everyday. My favorite teachers were Ms Kaltenborn, Mr Bailey, Ms McGill, and Ms Justis. Their teaching plan and styles were extremely creative, always thought provoking, and fun for my boys. They also have a wonderful librarian, music teachers(band and Orchestra) and PE teacher. This school deserves a 10!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

Thank God for this school. My son attended K - 2nd. Ms. Stallman and Mrs. Kaltenborn made my sons success their personal mission. We miss this school tremendously!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

My children have attended this school for three years and they are very happy with their teachers. I'm happy with the communication between the teachers and parents and the academic challenges. I volunteered a lot with the PTA and met a lot of nice people. They sponsored Popcorn Friday, Bingo Night, and Book Fairs. We have one year left and we are going to miss this school when we move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2013

I love this school. The class size is outstanding and my daughters teacher is very informative, helpful and easy to reach. Parent's receive a daily e-mail from the teacher telling us about our children's day. My daughter has learned a great deal and I will be sad to leave when we PCS next month. The only thing that I did not like was the lack of information from the PTA, I paid my dues and was never asked to volunteer or told about any meeting or given any information so that I could help. I'm also not a fan of the school lunches, however that is not a fault of the school but the way the Anchorage school district runs it's lunch program. AWESOME SCHOOL/AWESOME STAFF!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2013

Wonderful School. Great class sizes. Teachers are actively involved in helping children learn. Principal will sit down with me, a parent, and discuss issues. Not impressed with school lunches, but that Anchorage District, not the individual school. The only problem with this is school is the PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

Mt. Spurr is a school with some good teachers but overall has poor academic standards. I had kids at Mt. Spurr in 2nd and 4th Grade who were more or less repeating the same material from the previous year in thier former school. If you put your kids in this school be prepared to supplement them or repeat a grade when you move to the next duty station elsewhere because they will be behind. There are several good lottery schools close by that are good alternatives. A very large number of people end up homeschooling who live right next to the school. I ended up moving my kids to another school where they could be challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

Great School! My child is in Kindergarten here and thinks the world of Mrs. Bragg. Have always had a wonderful line of communication between school and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

I list the negatives for this school as the building, few regular afterschool multi-grade activities, limited resources, mixed grades in individual classes in upper grade levels, could be more challenging for some kids, and lack of a foreign language. The school looks nicer on the inside than the outside. The outside could look a lot better if it was painted, had new concrete, and had some sort of decorations or trees outside. The things that I do like about the school are the PTA led activities, the teacher my daughter has this year (kindergarten), several teachers who go above and beyond to make the school a great place, safety, and convenience. I would encourage all parents to look into other schools in Anchorage in order to make an informed decision (we still chose base). There are several charter schools in Anchorage (many very close to base).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2008

I find Mt. Spurr to be a safe and welcoming school. I have two sons, one in kindergarten and one in 3rd grade. Kindergarten has been outstanding but third grade a real disappointment. My third grader is getting great grades but not being challenged at all. I do not see the principal being actively involved at all in what goes on in the classroom. The great teachers are doing great and the others are only doing what they feel like doing. For several grade levels, it is a great school, for others, barely adequate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

I couldn't have been happier with the level of education my kids received at Mt. Spurr. My kindergartner had an incredible learning experience with Mrs. Curtis. My older daughter had many wonderful teachers, Ms. Berens, Mr. Webb and Mrs. McGill. I highly recommend Mt. Spurr.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2004

My son went to kindergarten at Mt. Spurr Elementary in 2002-2003. What a wonderful school! Mr. Bell, the principal, was very involved and just a pleasure to deal with. Mrs. Curtis, my son's teacher, went above and beyond with all of her students. We were sorry to have to move and leave such a wonderful learning environment behind. Thank you for everything!
—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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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93%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
94%

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88%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%

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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
91%
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

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

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

All Students90%
Female89%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
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 Students100%
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 disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Femalen/a
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students75%
Femalen/a
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students92%
Femalen/a
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not 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

Math

All Students85%
Female83%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female83%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
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%
Female91%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female92%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female92%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 51%
Two or more races 11% 8%
Hispanic 10% 6%
Black 7% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 23%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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8414 McGuire Ave
Jber, AK 99506
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