About ASD

Educating students for success in life

The Anchorage School District...


District snapshot


Crossroads of the world

Anchorage map

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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

  • TrophyTeacher Jenna White received the national 2014 Milken Educator Award. Story »
  • Student Taylor Seitz won 3rd place in the 2014 International Science and Engineering Fair in the Engineering: Materials and Bioengineering category. Story »
  • Teacher Robin Hopper was named a quarterfinalist for the 2015 Music Educator Grammy Award. Story »
  • Teacher Debbie LaRue won the Behring Teacher Award and student Brynn Boeckmann won the Outstanding State Award in the 2014 National History Day Contest. 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

Most ASD families — 80 percent — speak English at home. The remaining 20 percent speak 99 languages. As of October 2014, there were 5,745 students eligible for English Language Learner services. The most frequent languages spoken by those students were:

Top 5 languages spoken at ASD after English K-12 2014

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


 1. Enrollments reflect fall 2011 memberships reported to the National Center for Education Statistics on the Common Core of Data (CCD) agency universe file—”Local Education Agency (School District) Universe Survey: School Year 2011–12, Provisional

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.


About Destination 2020


Annual reports

Expect the Best 2014Cover thumbnail

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 2013-14



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

Demographics-GIS Services »