History: Aurora Borealis Charter School opened in 1997-98 and is located in the old Kenai Elementary School building. The school building opened in 1949, and was renovated in 1999. ABCS shares the facility with Kenai Alternative High School and the Boys and Girls Club of Kenai. The K-8 charter school features a focus on at- or above-grade level performance in subjects such as language arts, math, history, geography, science, technology, art and PE, plus classes in Latin. The school has grown at an average of about 20 students and one teacher each year.
Administrator Larry Nauta
Secretary Anita LeDoux
11247 Frontage Road
Kenai, AK 99611
Demographics: Most of the students at the school are Caucasian (94 percent), with a small percentage of minority ethnicities represented (2 percent Hispanic; 1 percent Asian-Pacific Islander; 1 percent American Indian; and 1 percent Native Alaskan). About 2 percent of students experience disabilities; and 2 percent come from economically disadvantaged homes.
Staffing: The school employs 10.5 teachers (for a 16:1 pupil-teacher ratio). In addition, 1.38 full-time positions are allocated for aides; .25 for a nurse; 1 for a secretary and .63 for a custodian. The teaching staff at ABCS has a collective average of 13.4 years with the KPBSD.
AYP: In 2002-03, Aurora Borealis made adequate yearly progress with 97 percent of students proficient in each language arts and math. In 2003-04, the school continued to meet AYP, with 97 percent proficient in language arts and 93 percent passing math.
Cocurricular: Aurora Borealis currently does not sponsor sports teams, but students do participate in a number of academic competitions, such as Battle of the Books.
Registration: ABCS admission is open to all K-8 students in the district, but due to limited space, enrollment is based on a lottery held in the spring. There is a significant waiting list for classes at the school. Also, students must maintain a C average in all subjects to retain admission.
Transportation: Because students at ABCS live throughout the district, families are responsible for transporting students to and from school.
School hours: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
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