Anchorage School District, Alaska

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Anchorage School District
Anchorage, AK
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District Profile
Superintendent:Ed Gaff
Graduation rate:76.2%[1]
Number of schools:99
Budget: $743.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Tam Agosti-Gisler
Board members:7
Term length:3
Anchorage School District is a school district in Alaska that serves the city of Anchorage. It was the largest school district in Alaska, serving 48,028 students in 99 schools during the 2013-2014 school year.[2] It has an operating budget of $743.4 million.

About the district

The Anchorage School District is located in Anchorage, Alaska
The Anchorage School District is located in Anchorage, Alaska. According to the United States Census Bureau, Anchorage was home to 300,950 residents in 2013.[3]


Anchorage outperformed in comparison to the rest of Alaska in terms of education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 32.8 percent of Anchorage residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 27.5 percent for Alaska as a whole. The median household income for Anchorage was $77,454 compared to $70,760 for the state of Alaska. The percentage of people below poverty level for Anchorage was 7.9 percent while it is 9.9 percent for the state of Alaska.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Anchorage (%) Alaska (%)
White 66.0% 66.7%
Black or African American 5.6% 3.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native 7.9% 14.8%
Asian 8.1% 5.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2.0% 1.0%
Two or more race 8.1% 7.3%
Hispanic or Latino 7.6% 5.5%

Party Affiliation, Anchorage, 2013[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Independence Party 14,558 3
Republican Party 124,229 25.9
Democratic Party 74,732 15.4
Libertarian Party 9,220 1.9
Veterans Party 1,941 0.4
Green Party 2,426 0.5
Nonpartisan 77,644 16
Undeclared 176,153 36.3

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[5]


Ed Graff was appointed superintendent of the Anchorage School District on March 18, 2013. He is originally from Minnesota, but has lived in several Alaska towns and villages, including Hooper Bay and Savoonga. Graff earned a Bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Master's degree in education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has post-master's coursework in curriculum, educational leadership and instruction. Graff began teaching at Gladys Wood Elementary School in 1991. Nine years later, he became an elementary school principal in the district. In 2008, Graff was named executive director of Elementary Education. The following year he became the Chief Academic Officer of the district. Graff has served on several boards and professional organizations, including Junior Achievement, School Business Partnerships and Alaska Learning Network.[6]

School board

The Anchorage school board is composed of seven members serving three-year terms.[7]

Anchorage School Board
Member District Term Ends
Tam Agosti-Gisler‌‌ At-large 2018
Elisa Snelling At-large 2018
Kameron Perez-Verdia At-large 2017
Kathleen Plunkett At-large 2018
Bettye Davis At-large 2016
Eric Croft At-large 2016
Pat Higgins At-large 2017

School board elections

See also: Anchorage School District elections (2015)

Members of the Anchorage school board are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday in April. Two seats were up for election in April 2014, three seats were up for election in April 2015 and two seats are up for election in April 2017.[7]

Public participation in board meetings

The Anchorage school board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[8]

The School Board encourages public participation and testimony in conducting its business. The public is an important part of the Board’s decision-making process through written and oral testimony. These Board procedures specify how public involvement may occur on a regular basis.

  • Individuals wishing to testify at a Board meeting must personally notify the Superintendent's office by the specified times or sign-up to testify with the Board secretary in the Board Room prior to the meeting being called to order, stating his or her name, phone number, and the subject of the testimony.
  • Testimony to the Board normally shall be limited to three (3) minutes. The Board President may modify the length of testimony and the number of, and ordering of, the speakers.
  • When an individual wishes to testify without having made a timely request, permission to testify may be granted only at the President’s discretion.
  • Testimony on non-agenda items will be limited to no more than 30 minutes total for all speakers combined, unless all other business is concluded or otherwise approved by the Board during the meeting. Testimony on non-agenda items must have a reasonable relationship to the District and its mission, and any individual’s testimony may be terminated by the President if he/she determines the relation the testimony violates this policy.
  • Testimony on an agenda item will normally occur prior to the discussion of that item.



The table below displays the budget for the Anchorage School District.[10][11][12]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $469,068,912 70.6% $51,184,072 7.7% $57,689,668 8.7% $86,610,944 13% $177,074 0% $664,730,670
2013-2014 $633,755,911 71.3% $44,229,671 5% $74,658,873 8.4% $84,884,339 9.5% $51,672,184 5.8% $889,200,978
2014-2015 $567,604,000 76.3% $26,093,814 3.5% $12,289,000 1.7% $87,464,434 11.8% $49,998,000 6.7% $743,449,248
Averages: $556,809,607.67 73% $40,502,519 5% $48,212,513.67 6% $86,319,905.67 11% $33,949,086 4% $765,793,632

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the current salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Anchorage teachers unions:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 47,449 60,337
B.A. + 18 49,812 65,227
B.A. + 36 52,175 70,218
ME + 54 57,116 75,158
ME + 72 59,477 78,810
ME + 90 61,840 82,461
MA 52,748 72,082
MA, BA+ 54 55,112 77,022
MA, B.A. + 72 57,473 81,963
MA, B.A. + 90 59,837 85,614
Ph.D, B.A. + 90 61,558 87,336

Schools in Anchorage


Anchorage School District served 48,028 students during the 2013-14 school year. The district experienced an 2.1% decrease in enrollment between 2007 and 2014. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2014:[14]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 49,068
2008-2009 48,457 -1.2
2009-2010 48,440 -0.03
2010-2011 49,243 1.6
2011-2012 49,091 -0.3
2012-2013 48,734 -0.7
2013-2014 48,028 -1.4

District schools

Anchorage School District operates 99 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Anchorage School District
Abbott Loop Elementary
Airport Heights Elementary
Alaska Native Cultural Charter School
Alaska State School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Alpenglow Elementary
Aquarian Charter School
Aurora Elementary
Bartlett High School
Baxter Elementary
Bayshore Elementary
Bear Valley Elementary
Begich Middle School
Benny Benson Secondary School (also known as SAVE II)
Birchwood ABC Elementary
Booth Secondary
Bowman Elementary
Campbell Elementary
Central Middle School
Chester Valley Elementary
Chinook Elementary
Chugach Optional Elementary [13]
Chugiak Elementary
Chugiak High School
Clark Middle School
College Gate Elementary
Continuation Program
Creekside Park Elementary
Crossroads 7-12
Denali Montessori
Dimond High School
Eagle Academy Charter School
Eagle River Elementary
Eagle River High School
East Anchorage High School
Fairview Elementary
Family Partnership Charter School
Fire Lake Elementary
Frontier Charter School
Girdwood K-8 School
Gladys Wood Elementary
Goldenview Middle School
Government Hill Elementary
Gruening Middle School
Hanshew Middle School
Highland Tech Charter School
Homestead Elementary
Huffman Elementary
Inlet View Elementary
Kasuun Elementary
Kincaid Elementary
Klatt Elementary
Lake Hood Elementary
Lake Otis Elementary
Martin Luther King, Jr. Career Center
McLaughlin Youth Center
Mears Middle School
Mirror Lake Middle School
Mount Spurr Elementary
Mountain View Elementary
Muldoon Elementary
North Star Elementary
Northern Lights ABC K-8
Northwood ABC Elementary
Nunaka Valley Elementary
O'Malley Elementary
Ocean View Elementary
Orion Elementary
Polaris K-12 School
Polaris K-12 School
Ptarmigan Elementary
Rabbit Creek Elementary
Ravenwood Elementary
Rilke Schule German School of Arts & Sciences
Rogers Park Elementary
Romig Middle School
Russian Jack Elementary
Sand Lake Elementary
Scenic Park Elementary
Service High School
South Anchorage High School
Spring Hill Elementary
Steller Secondary School
Susitna Elementary
Taku Elementary
Trailside Elementary
Tudor Elementary
Turnagain Elementary
Tyson Elementary
Ursa Major Elementary
Ursa Minor Elementary
Wendler Middle School
West Anchorage High School
Whaley Center
Williwaw Elementary
Willow Crest Elementary
Winterberry Charter School
Wonder Park Elementary

Academic Performance

Anchorage School District has a graduation rate of 76.2%. The 2012-2013 Standards Based Assessments (SBA) are available from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and are listed in the charts below.[16]

Standards Based Assessments

Standard Based Assessments results, 2012-2013
Subject Percent Tested (%) Advanced (%) Proficient (%) Below Proficient (%) Far Below Proficient (%)
Reading 97.90 37.74 42.86 14.38 3.51
Writing 97.82 22.51 54.97 19.02 2.31
Mathematics 97.93 35.88 36.31 15.16 12.65
Science 96.88 30.06 30.28 23.09 16.57



In January of 2014, The Anchorage School District announced plans to cut 219 positions for the next school year. The plan included laying off 159 teachers: forty-seven from elementary schools, thirty-five from middle schools and thirty-three from high schools and alternative schools. Another forty-four positions are being terminated because of a projected decline in enrollment. Over the past four years, the district has cut about 419 positions, not including the newly announced cuts. District administrators are working with a $566 million operating budget for the 2014–15 school year, reportedly $23 million short of the funds the district says it needs.[17]

Contact information

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Anchorage School District

5530 E Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99504-3135

Phone: (907)-742-4000

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Transparency grading process

Last reviewed: March 5th 2013

The good

  • Tax revenues are available and tax rates are published.[18]
  • The current budget and previous budgets are available.[19]
  • The calendar of Board meetings and meeting agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years.[20]
  • Names of Board official, individual email address, individual phone numbers and a physical address are available,[21]
  • Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address are available.[22]
  • Currently open bids and teacher pay scales are posted.[23]
  • The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last nine years (located on individual archived budget pages).[24]
  • A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location[25]
  • Background check policy is available.[26]
  • Academic reports are available for standard testing and graduation rates are posted[27][28][29]

The bad

  • Awarded contracts are unavailable and a search does not return relevant results.

See also

External links


  1. Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, "Report Card to the Public," accessed February 17, 2014
  2. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 10, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau' "Anchorage, Alaska" accessed April 7, 2015
  4. Anchorage Daily News," Alaska Party Affiliation, July 3, 2010
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Anchorage School District, "Superintendent," accessed February 17, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Anchorage School District, "School Board," accessed February 17, 2014
  8. Anchorage School District, "Board Policies," accessed February 17, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Anchorage School District, "FY 2012-13 Budget documents," accessed December 6, 2013
  11. Anchorage School District, "FY 2013-14 Budget documents," accessed December 8, 2014
  12. Anchorage School District, "2014-15 budget archive," accessed December 8, 2014
  13. Anchorage School District, "Salary Schedule," accessed February 17, 2014
  14. Anchorage School District, "Historical Enrollment Data," accessed February 17, 2014
  15. Anchorage School District, "Schools," accessed February 17, 2014
  16. Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, "Report Card to the Public," accessed February 17, 2014
  17. The Nation, Allison Kilkenny "Anchorage School District Plans to Cut 219 Positions, Including 159 Teachers," January 27, 2014
  18. Anchorage School District, "Taxes," accessed March 5, 2013
  19. Anchorage School District, "Budget," accessed March 5, 2013
  20. Anchorage School District, "Meetings and Agendas," accessed March 5, 2013
  21. Anchorage School District, "School Board," accessed March 5, 2013
  22. Anchorage School District, "Administrative officials," accessed March 5, 2013
  23. Anchorage School District, "Salary Schedule," accessed March 5, 2013
  24. Anchorage School District, "Audits," accessed March 5, 2013
  25. Anchorage School District, "Public Records," accessed March 5, 2013
  26. Anchorage School District, "Background Check Policy," accessed March 5, 2013
  27. Anchorage School District, "Reports," accessed March 5, 2013
  28. Anchorage School District, "Performance Measures," accessed March 5, 2013
  29. Anchorage School District, "Profile of Performance," accessed March 5, 2013