Our graduation rate is 20 points higher than it was a decade ago. Further success in our five-year graduation rate shows we’re providing the right kind of support to students who need just a little bit more help and time to achieve their diploma.
147 students earned a Seal of Biliteracy on their high school diplomas in 2016. The seal recognizes students who attained proficiency in two or more languages, honors the skills our students attain, and is evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices.
More than 1 in 5 students miss more than 17 school days each year. Showing up to school each day on time matters, not only in schools but to future employers.
Parents can track their child’s attendance through Zangle ParentConnection.
Subscribe to receive daily student attendance and assignments. Log in to ParentConnection and select email notifications in the upper right corner.
See how many absences your child has accumulated and if your student is meeting the 90% attendance mark. Select the “attendance” link on the left side once you log in to ParentConnection.
“Our job is to create exceptional learning experiences so that when a child misses school, they’ll want to come back,” said Dr. Paramo. “They won’t want to miss school.”
School lunches typically get a bad rap across the country and here in Anchorage. But we’re working to change that. We’ve overhauled 75% of the menu, created more recipes from scratch, and added more flavor and spices based on students’ requests.
Click here to watch how Student Nutrition makes its pumpkin muffins from scratch.
Additional Charter School and Programs
This year, ASD welcomed STrEaM Academy Charter School, Chinese immersion at Scenic Park Elementary School, and Montessori at Tudor Elementary School to increase options for students.
Thank You, Voters
- In August, Airport Heights Elementary School dedicated its newly renovated building. Voters approved the project in 2014. It was completed on schedule and $500,000 under budget.
- In October, Rabbit Creek Elementary School celebrated its newly renovated building. In 2015, voters approved the construction project. It was completed on time and $1 million under budget.
- Mountain View Elementary School’s building renovation, approved by voters in 2015, is nearing completion with a target end date of December 2016.
- Gladys Wood and Turnagain elementary schools’ renovation projects are underway this school year. Approved by voters in 2015, work is expected to be complete by August.
The District is working to reduce energy consumption 20% by the year 2020. By upgrading buildings with LED lighting, high-efficiency heating systems, and retro-commissioning, the District can reduce its dependence on natural gas and electricity in its 100 schools and facilities, which cost approximately $15 million annually.