September 29, 2017
The Anchorage School District joins the U.S. Department of Education and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development in recognizing Northern Lights ABC School as one of 342 schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools throughout the nation. Karen Wallace is Principal.
“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a prepared statement from the U.S. Department of Education. Serving a total of 640 students, Northern Lights ABC School is recognized in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools—ranking in the top 15th percentile among all students. An elementary choice school, Northern Lights ABC School offers a back-to-basics option for parents. In order to achieve the mission of the school, strong parental support is essential. Their attendance rate is at nearly 96 percent.
As a National Blue Ribbon School, Northern Lights ABC School has demonstrated that “all students can achieve to high levels,” according to the stated purpose of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Since 1982, schools have been celebrated for the learning achievements throughout communities, like the urban environment in Anchorage. Northern Lights ABC School opened in 1978, and has served families who value character education and an emphasis on citizenship, values, discipline, and patriotism.
“We know that children learn best in an environment in which they have strong relationships with caring adults,” said Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop. “Northern Lights ABC School provides a foundation for families in committing to its values.”
Congratulations, Northern Lights ABC School for progress in moving academic success forward for ASD students.