Nikolaevsk School

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

History: The village of Nikolaevsk was founded as a Russian Old Believer community in 1968. The school was built in 1976 and renovated in 1981. In 2002, the 12-mile road inland from Anchor Point was paved and a state-of-the-art gymnasium was added to the school.

Significantly under capacity, the 250-student school now serves about 90 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The village remains primarily Old Believer, though about 25 percent of the students are now non-Old Believer as the demographics of the village change.

Contact information

Principal Sharon Conley

Secretary Becky Wyatt


P.O. Box 5129

Anchor Point, AK 99556

235-8972 (phone)

235-3617 (fax)


Demographics: The school population is primarily Cau-casian (93 percent), with 3 percent African-American, 1 percent American Indian and 2 percent Alaska Native. About 75 percent of students identified as Russian Orthodox Old Believers and 14 percent limited English speakers.

While emphasis remains on both English and Russian language skills, most students now come to school speaking English as a primary language. About 21 percent of students come from economically disadvantaged homes, and 20 percent experience disabilities.

Staffing: Nikolaevsk will move from a full-time to half-time administrator this year. Five teachers serve the school, with help from a three-quarter-time special education teacher, an almost full-time special education aide and 1.76 regular instruction aide positions.

The school also has a .20 position nurse, a full-time secretary and a full-time custodian. Teachers at the school have a combined average of more than 11 years experience with the district.

AYP: Nikolaevsk School met adequate yearly progress in the 2002-03 school year, with 86 percent of students passing language arts tests and 68 percent passing math. In 2003-04, Nikolaevsk again passed AYP, with 85 percent of students proficient in language arts and 65 percent proficient in math.

Cocurricular: Nikolaevsk operates a limited sports program, with paid staff leading high school boys and girls basketball and volleyball teams. At the junior high level, students may participate in basketball, soccer and volleyball programs, forensics and intramural sports. Staff also is paid to operate a series of clubs and a yearbook group.

Registration: Students may register between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17.

Transportation: Contact Laidlaw for bus route information.

School hours: 8 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

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