History: Kalifornsky Beach Elementary serves kindergarten through sixth-grade students in Soldotna. One of the largest elementary schools in the area, the school works to provide a comprehensive educational program as well as a focus on community responsibility.
Principal Sylvia Reynolds
Secretary Debbie Tressler
1049 Poppy Lane
Soldotna, AK 99669
Demographics: The students of K-Beach Elementary are primarily Caucasian (81 percent), with other ethnicities also represented, including African-American (1 percent), Hispanic (2 percent), Asian-Pacific Islander (1 percent), American Indian (1 percent) and Alaska Native (13 percent). About 11 percent of the student population experiences disabilities, and 42 percent come from economically disadvantaged homes.
Staffing: K-Beach employs a full-time administrator, 17.5 teaching positions, one specialist position (for art, music and physical education), four special education teachers and 3.5 special education aides. There also is a full-time nurse, 1.5 secretary positions and three custodians.
The K-Beach teaching staff has a combined average of more than 10 years experience with the district.
AYP: K-Beach Elementary met adequate yearly progress in the 2002-03 school year with 83 percent of student passing language arts tests and 76 percent passing math. In 2003-04, the school again made AYP with 81 percent of students proficient in language arts and 75 percent proficient in math.
Cocurricular: Kalifornsky Beach Elementary has an intramural sports program, participates in academic competitions and offers several community service opportunities for students. For example, in 2001 students worked to preserve land for a caribou corridor. Students also "adopt a stream" annually, completing water quality testing, collecting insects and trapping salmon fry. The school mascot is the Caribou.
Registration: Students may register between 8 a.m. and noon Aug. 16 to 20.
Transportation: Bus routes 23, 25, 30, 35, 37 and 39 serve Kalifornsky Beach Elementary.
School hours: 7:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
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