Paul Banks Elementary School

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

History: Originally built in 1964 to house 350 K-6 students, the school was renovated in 1984 and now serves 215 prekindergarten through second-grade students.

The school focuses on a collaborative model of instruction, where teachers work together, and relies on parental involvement.

Contact information

Principal Benny Abraham


1340 East Road

Homer, AK 99603

235-8161 (phone)

235-8163 (fax)


Demographics: Paul Banks has a mostly Caucasian population (93 percent), with about 2 percent of students identified as Hispanic and 4 percent as Alaska Native. More than 40 percent of students come from economically disadvantaged homes, and 23 percent experience disabilities.

Staffing: Paul Banks has a full-time administrator, 10 teachers, a full-time specialist and three special education teachers. There also are a little more than 2.5 special education aide positions, a nearly full-time nurse, one secretary and two custodians. The teachers at Paul Banks have a combined average of 15 years of experience with the district.

AYP: Adequate yearly progress is determined by standardized tests administered to students in grades three through 12. It does not apply to the K-2 Paul Banks Elem-entary School.

Cocurricular: The school has no cocurricular program, though students can participate in some academic competitions.

Registration: Students registered from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 10 through 12.

Transportation: Contact Laidlaw for bus route information.

School hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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