McNeil Canyon Elementary School

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

History: Built in 1983, McNeil Canyon Elementary School sits on the southern outskirts of Homer toward the Russian Orthodox villages at the head of Kachemak Bay. The school serves about 110 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Contact information

Principal Pete Swanson

Secretary Laura Sheldon


52188 East End Road

Homer, AK 99603

235-8181 (phone)

235-8183 (fax)


Demographics: The school population is primarily Caucasian (92 percent), with limited representation of Hispanic (4 percent), Asian-Pacific Islander (2 percent) and Alaska Native (3 percent) students. About 10 percent of the students are traditional Russian, and 9 percent are limited English speakers. Some 47 percent of the students come from economically disadvantaged homes, and 24 percent experience disabilities.

Staffing: McNeil Canyon has a half-time principal, five teachers and one special education teacher, as well as a half-time specialist. There is a part-time aide, a part-time nurse, a full-time secretary and 1.5 custodian positions. Teachers have a combined average of 14 years with the district.

AYP: McNeil Canyon Elemen-tary met adequate yearly progress during the 2002-03 school year, with 90 percent of students passing language tests and 92 percent passing math assessments. McNeil Canyon met AYP again in 2003-04, with 79 percent of students proficient in language arts and 80 percent proficient in math.

Cocurricular: McNeil Canyon Elementary has an intramural sports program, and students participate in several academic competitions. The mascot is the Dragons.

Registration: Students may register between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17.

Transportation: Contact Laidlaw for bus route information.

School hours: 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

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