About ASD

Educating students for success in life

The Anchorage School District...

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Crossroads of the world

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The district serves the southcentral Alaska communities of Anchorage, Eagle River, Chugiak and Girdwood.

 

Distance by air from Anchorage to:

Seattle - 1,500 miles

New York City - 3,300 miles

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London - 4,500 miles

Beijing - 4,000 miles

 

Awards and honors

  • TrophyAurora Elementary named 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. Story »
  • ASD lauded by local anti-tobacco groups for strict tobacco policy. Story »
  • Graduating class of 2013 awarded $44 million in scholarships and awards. Story »
  • Superintendent Graff honored for social and emotional learning work. Story »

Student diversity

A diverse student population provides students the ability to interact with peers from many different backgrounds, expanding their knowledge of other cultures and preparing for life in a global society. A 2013 study has shown that Anchorage has the most diverse high schools in the U.S. 

 

Race and ethnicity at ASD

Minority students comprise more than 50 percent of the student population (48,028 students).

 

ASD race and ethnicity 13-14

 

Non-English languages spoken

Students in the ASD English Language Learners Program speak 93 different languages at home. After English, the five most common are Spanish, Hmong, Samoan, Tagalog and Yup'ik.

Top 5 languages spoken at ASD after English K-12 2013

ASD students

Kikkan Randall
Kikkan Randall
Olympic skier,  FIS Nordic World Championships gold medalist

Scott Gomez
2000, 2003 NHL Stanley Cup winner, Rookie of the Year

 

Mario Chalmers
2012 NBA Champion, Miami Heat

 

Mark Schlereth
NFL player and ESPN commentator

 

Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate, physics
Brian Schmidt
2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics

William Oefelein
astronaut, space shuttle pilot

 

Paul O'Neill
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury 2001-02

 

Irene Bedard - actress
Irene Bedard
Actress -  Disney's Pocahontas, Smoke Signals

Nathan West
Actor - Miracle, Bring It on

 

Brandy Kuentzel
Winner of TV's The Apprentice

 

Shintaro Okamoto
Presidential Scholar, ice artist

Destination 2020

Destination 2020

Destination 2020 is the district’s comprehensive, multi-year plan to increase student achievement. The plan focuses on improving the performance of every child to ensure at least one year’s academic growth each year. Destination 2020 is built on the district's mission, vision and core values as outlined by the school board.

 

Learn more about Destination 2020

 

Annual reports

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Expect the Best is the district's comprehensive annual report to the community.

Expect the Best

 

 

Profile of Performance report cover thumbnail 2010-11

The Profile of Performance is the ASD report to the Anchorage School Board and community on the district's progress toward meeting the board goals.

Profile of Performance 2012-13 (PDF) 

 

Demographics

The Demographics-GIS Services section contains enrollment numbers, race and ethnicity reports, capital improvement plans and school boundary information.

Demographics-GIS Services »