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Ursa Major Elementary School

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Posted April 18, 2014

The teachers and staff in this are above the bar. They go out of their way to help these children learn and feel loved. They have lots of free after school activities for all of the children. Mr. Bydlon the gym teacher stays after school with clubs at least 4 days a week. He is so dedicated to his job and teaching the kids a variety of different things. He has ropes club, cross country skiing and running club to name a few. Mr. Drake the music teacher does the same thing he has the best choir in the area. He is always giving his personal time to the kids. My children have had four of the teachers in this school, each one did everything they could to go above and beyond for my kids. This past year my 1st grader had the luck of getting Mrs. Green, she has been my favorite thus far in the school. She is passionate and gives all her effort for each of the kids. The kids have learned so much from her this year and they love coming to school. We have recently moved and my children miss the family atmosphere and welcoming feeling that this school has. The principal is always in the halls and the kids feel free to walk by and give him a high five. Wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

Great school with caring teachers! Lots of family events and the principle gets involved with the kids activities. Both my sons love all the teachers they have had and are sad they move after next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

As the 2011-2012 school year comes to an end, I will say that I am not impressed with this school over all. The class sizes in K have gone back and forth from 25 to 22 students thru out the year. The teachers seem a bit overwhelmed with the large class sizes. Also I feel like the academics standards are low; my daughter spent the first half of the year coloring. She was doing more in the preschool we came from. Now at the very end of the year we are finally starting with simple math and reading and handwriting. There are also a lot of behavioral problems at this school that seem to get pushed aside, and from reading other reviews I can see that this is an ongoing problem for the past few years. The bulling is out of control. The parents and staff need to get together and find a solution. As we look on to 1st grade I see the same thing large classes with lots of behavior problems. The principal needs to get his teacher the support they need and have a better working relationship with the PTA not just tell people this is how he wants it and that s it. I don't care for the principal or the assistant principal at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

My son went there for 4th grade in 2009 I enjoyed his teacher Ms. DeBoli, she was very helpful to his education. I did not like however how the school handling bulling. It was being pushed off until I reported it to the police on base. Bringing my son from a magnet to public was a hard change all the work he had already done in a lower grade, but his teacher did make adjustments on her own that really helped him stay at a comfortable level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

Ursa Major has great teachers but the student /teacher ratio is too large. The school lunches are not very good. The school counsler dose not care about the students and will not do any one on one time with the students. The principal is very rude to the students, parents and staff. Being on a a military base the school needs a principal and counsler who cares and can handle the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2010

I have three children that attended Ursa Major for the past two years. I really like all the teachers. I have gotten to know many of them through volunteering and subbing at the school. All the teachers at this school put the students first. I feel they do their best to give each student a wonderful classroom experience although the class sizes are too large. The teachers revived little support from the principal and she lacks the ability to discipline or communicate with parents. She will not be returning to Ursa Major next year so I hope the new principal is better. A lot of the staff and PTA work hard to offer programs to get parents involved in their children's school and create a community environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2009

WIll having my daughter attend ursa major for 2 years and then get PCS to another school. No don't get me wrong Ursa Major is a good school overall with their academic goals 'the best' they jsut have some teachers that are not experience to be a teacher for a elementary school. But now being in another state I wish I was back at Ursa Major.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

I am not impressed with my son's teacher at the school and the principal isn't very accessible. I came in twice to talk to her and the secretary almost seemed to screen any request to talk to her. Basically, I haven't had a conversation with her other than 'hello.' However, with all this being said, I do see positive interaction in the hallways with other teachers. The music teacher seems really energetic and positve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2009

Nothing but GREAT experiences at this school. Loved all the teachers that my daughter was lucky to have. Living on post and around the military can be hard on kids expecially during deployments, but the teachers and staff were very supportive of the kids and knew how to make them feel better and deal with life during the deployments of their parents. I would recommend this school over and over!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2008

I've only had good experirences with this school. My daughter's teachers are really supportive. The office staff are friendly and helpful. And being on post, they are geared toward military families. I would recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

School is good. Second and first grade teachers are very helpful. They have a great programs for gifted kids as well as those who need a little extra help. My kids like it and they are vvery quick to jump in and put a halt to any bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2006

Kindergarden teacher is good, but school overall is not what i expected. Food is bad, yard duties arent' paying attention, no serious punishment.
—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 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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

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 75% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
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 70% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
71%

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 Students81%
Female86%
Male77%
Black70%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female86%
Male77%
Black60%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female86%
Male83%
Black70%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
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 Students74%
Female68%
Male76%
Black69%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female68%
Male79%
Black77%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students54%
Female55%
Male53%
Black46%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female89%
Male74%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
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 Students70%
Female71%
Male67%
Black67%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Female86%
Male88%
Black72%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female89%
Male82%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-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 Students87%
Female89%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students95%
Female95%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 52% 51%
Black 22% 4%
Hispanic 14% 6%
Two or more races 6% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
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 63%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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