Hope School

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

History: Hope School serves the kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the small community of Hope at the north end of the Kenai Peninsula. The school depends on residents to augment education for area students, with community specialists often coming to the classroom to offer presentations for children.

Contact information

Principal Mark Norgren


Secretary Marion Leamy



P.O. Box 47

Hope, AK 99605

782-3202 (phone)

782-3140 (fax)


Not available

Demographics: Hope School serves less than 40 students, about 75 percent of whom are Caucasian. The population tends to vary from year to year, and the school has faced threats of closure in the past due to low enrollment. Currently, however, enrollment continues to justify the placement of a school in the small community.

About 17 percent of the students are Alaska Native and another 8 percent are Amer-ican Indian. About 42 percent of the youth come from economically disadvantaged homes, and 17 percent experience disabilities.

Staffing: Hope School has a single teacher, plus an additional .30 FTA teaching position. A nurse holds limited hours, and there is a half-time secretary and half-time custodian.

Hope's teacher has 12 years experience with the district.

AYP: Hope School met adequate yearly progress in 2002-03, with 100 percent of students scoring "proficient" in language arts, and 83 percent passing math.

In 2003-04, the school again made AYP with more than 80 percent of students proficient in both subjects.

The small student population prohibits exact figures from being available. The school's size also means that subgroups are too small to factor into the determination of AYP.

Cocurricular: Hope School operates a small intramural sports program and participates in academic competitions such as Battle of the Books.

Registration: Students may register between 10 a.m. and noon Aug. 20.

Transportation: No bus route information is available.

School hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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