Kachemak Selo School

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

History: Located in the rural village of Kachemak Selo outside Homer at the head of Kachemak Bay, this kindergarten through 12th-grade school is run out of facilities leased from the village. The school serves nearly 90 students from the 250-person Russian Orthodox Old Believer village.

Contact information


Randy Creamer


Secretary Tiffany Suscha



P.O. Box 15007

Fritz Creek, AK 99603

235-5552 (phone)

235-5644 (fax)

Demographics: All of the students at Kachemak Selo are Caucasian, and the vast majority are Old Believers, practicing the Russian Orthodox religion in their remote village. Most (82 percent) also speak Russian as a primary language and are identified as limited English proficiency students. In a village the relies heavily on fishing and construction industries, about 79 percent of the students come from economically disadvantaged homes. Around 6 percent of the students experience disabilities.

Staffing: Kachemak Selo has five full-time teachers, assisted by a part-time special education aide and two regular instruction aides. The school has access to a nurse who works limited hours and has both a half-time secretary and half-time custodian. The teaching staff at Kachemak Selo have a combined average of 4.6 years experience with the district.

AYP: The school did not meet adequate yearly progress in 2002-03. With much of the school speaking English as a second language, passing scores in language arts for the Caucasian and "limited English proficiency" subgroups were low, as were scores in math for the LEP students. The school again missed AYP in 2003-04, with a number of shortfalls. Only 43 percent of the general student body scored proficient in language arts, and language arts proficiency rates also were low for the Caucasian, economically disadvantaged and LEP subgroups. LEP students also had low math proficiency rates, and the school failed to meet the required graduation rate.

Cocurricular: Kachemak Selo does not have a sports program, though students often participate in academic competitions such as Battle of the Books and have won several art contests.

Registration: Students may register between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17.

Transportation: Call Laid-law for bus route information.

School hours: 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

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