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Ursa Minor Elementary School

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Posted January 27, 2012

The teachers at this school are hit and miss. Mr. Pieper, Mrs. Pieper, Mrs. McCalister, Mr. Benedetti, Mr. Vecera are great teachers that care about what they do and more importantly exercise common sense and avoid the political correctness gone amok that is prevalent with ASD. That being said the Principal and her administrative staff to include the counselor are borderline incompetent. They are so steeped in the liberal educational ideology that they are incapable of addressing simple discipline issues with students without having to resort to the heavy handed one size fits all solutions. They fully embrace the mother your kids approach and have a condescending and disrespectful attitude to Soldiers and Airmen that reside on JBER. In the three years my kids have gone here I have been left with the impression that they think they can parent my children better than me and my wife can. If you can afford it, send your kids to Eagle River Charter and or get a zone exemption and send your kids to Ursa Major.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2009

This school does have it's strong points. I do think the teachers and principal genuinely care about the students. However, the discipline is weak at best for the older grades. There is a lot of talk about being nice, but not much action when students are harassed. The PTO is strong and they have many activities during the year. The principal has an open door policy and I think she has a positive attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2008

Ursa Minor is a great school, as long as your child has no issues that require attention from the staff. My son is a SpEd stufent and has been treated like a nuisence since he was diagnosed and he was no longer an 'easy kid'. I feel that this school, the principal there now in particular failed both of my children in not being willing to provide a safe learning environment. Again, this is personal experience. Perhaps someone else has had a better time of it. I just know that many families are moving out of that school and seeking their children's education elsewhere. As are we.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2008

My son went here from K-2 and excelled. I really owe Mr. Piper for being the excellent teacher he was for my son in K. He taught my son to read and my son still excells at reading and I think its due to Mr. Piper teaching. My daughter went to K in FL and she did not fair as well and actually had to get held back due to low reading skills which I blame FL for. I miss the Alaska schools. I feel they are excellent schools with great teachers.
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Posted May 24, 2008

My sons attend this school and they love it. My middle son is going on his third year at Ursa Minor. He has advanced so much in his reading skills. My older son just graduated from Mr. Benedetti's six grade class and is going on to middle school. I know that he will do well because of the life skills that he has learned from Mr. B's class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2007

My daughter absolutely loved her Kindergarten experience at ursa Minor. Mrs. Nixon and all the other teachers are wonderful. It is a very well organized scool and parent envolvement is wonderful. My daughter looks forward to attending First grade at Ursa Minor, which have wonderful First grade teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%

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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students82%
Female88%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female94%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female94%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
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 Students83%
Female82%
Male83%
Black50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students74%
Female68%
Male79%
Black40%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female55%
Male48%
Black20%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant51%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students78%
Female77%
Male79%
Black60%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
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 Students67%
Female57%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female88%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students69%
Female75%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant69%
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 Students78%
Female58%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students82%
Female74%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female74%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant76%
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 53% 51%
Black 19% 4%
Hispanic 16% 6%
Two or more races 6% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 23%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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336 Hoonah Ave
Jber, AK 99505
Phone: (907) 428-1311

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