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Midnight Sun Family Learning Center

Charter | K-8

 
 

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Posted January 16, 2014

This school has some excellent teachers and some not so excellent teachers. It is a very good school for K through 3rd or 4th grade but loses strength after that. They desperately need an independent highly qualified, well organized principal who is removed from the school and on outsider who can apply some objective reform and leadership. The upper grades have to many grades in a classroom, are repetitive in nature and in at least some of the classes involve more memorizing and regurgitating than learning. There is a BIG difference from classroom to classroom. The lower grades do an excellent job in teaching children how to think and be good learners with creativity and childhood play and movement intertwined so I would highly recommend the school for K-4 and then discourage it for older grades. That belief is mirrored in their enrollment turnover where few student stay to graduation and many enter and leave in the upper grades. The K- 4 turnover is VERY low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

They are the greatest! They have great parent teacher communication. I never have to wonder where my daughter is in any subject.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

I think Midnight Sun is an awesome school. Each teacher has their own unique style of teaching. Some teachers are straight forward and to the point, others are very warm and patient. I believe parents need to remember that their is no perfect teacher (although I think ours comes close) and they are people, they have good and bad days. I am okay with having someone who is willing to show their true colors, let their limits be known, and let the 'parent' in them be seen. I have seen this in all the teachers. My children don't have the social pressures that conventional school have, very little bullying, and learn respect and responsibility for themselves and others. I couldn't imagine being anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

Having a choice w/ this charter school is a great option! Unfortunately, leadership is lacking at this school, & the teaching my children received was very uneven. Personal experience w/ some teaching staff was extremely unprofessional. This is a small school built on the 1-room schoolhouse model and is stated in their orientation. Reality is a different story. Boasting the teaching of 'moral character' does not reflect what one sees. Some of the teachers, however, do a remarkable job in the atmosphere they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

I have been at this school for the last 9 yrs. I have sat on the board. I cleaned till me fingers could clean no more. Ive made costumes till the wee hours of the morning and I have taught art and still do , if you are not a dedicated parent dont come, if your child is not decicated its not for them ,its not a special school for special kids ,its a great school for great kids! with hard working parents who make time for their kids, and want to be there for their child! love mrs, cyndi
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2007

This one room school house concept is wonderful depending on the classroom your child enters. My daughter has a wonderful teacher who groups according to the needs of the children, not their grade. My son, on the other hand, was not taught math very well as his teacher was not able to do higher math skills. The principal does not support all the teachers equally. There have been many discrepancies that I have noticed between the classrooms.
—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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Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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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

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
95%

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82%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
77%

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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=80%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

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.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=75%
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.

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n/a

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
>=75%

2010

 
 
>=80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

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n/a

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80%

2011

 
 
>=75%

2010

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
>=75%

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 66% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
>=75%

2010

 
 
>=80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
>=75%

2010

 
 
>=80%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
>=75%

2010

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
>=75%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students100%
Female100%
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
Non-migrant100%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
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
Non-migrant100%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students100%
Female100%
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
Non-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 Students85%
Female86%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female86%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female71%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female86%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
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 Students90%
Femalen/a
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female100%
Male82%
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 disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students90%
Female100%
Male82%
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 disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
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%
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 English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students75%
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 English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students67%
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 English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
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 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
Non-migrantn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

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
Non-migrantn/a
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
Non-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 Students93%
Femalen/a
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 disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

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 disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students85%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
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 disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 12% 23%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 0% 4%
Two or more races 0% 8%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/A41%
Male 40%N/A52%
Female 60%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 357-6786

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