Voznesenka School

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

History: Voznesenka School is housed in a three-portable facility leased from the village of Voznesenka at the head of Kachemak Bay outside Homer. The kindergarten through 12th grade school serves about 135 students in the Russian Orthodox Old Believer community and focuses on integrating village culture with state-approved educational instruction.

Demographics: All Voznesenka students are Caucasian, most of Russian decent. Almost all students come to school speaking Russian or some Port-uguese as a primary language, and the school operates an intensive bilingual program.

Contact information

Principal Ray Hillman


Secretary Ksenia Kuzmin



P.O. Box 15336

Fritz Creek, AK 99603

235-8549 (phone)

235-6086 (fax)



About 64 percent of the students remain identified as limited English speakers. About 63 percent of the students come from economically disadvantaged homes, and 13 percent experience disabilities.

Staffing: Voznesenka will move from a full-time to part-time administrator this year and will lose one teacher for a total of seven regular-education instructors. There also is a full-time special education teacher, 1.26 FTE special education aides and 2.64 other aides. The school shares a nurse, but has a full-time secretary and full-time custodian.

The teaching staff at the school has a combined average of 8.75 years experience with the district.

AYP: Voznesenka School did not meet adequate yearly progress during the 2002-03 school year. In most categories, the school qualified for Safe Harbor exceptions, passing AYP despite proficiency rates below state standards. However, too few students in the "limited English proficiency" subgroup passed language arts test for the school to meet AYP. In 2003-04, Voznesenka made AYP with passing rates just inside the statistical "confidence interval," or margin of error, allowed by the state's formula.

Cocurricular: Voznesenka has a limited intramural sports program and recently started a wrestling program for students. The school mascot is the Cougars.

Registration: Students may register at 2 p.m. Aug. 16.

Transportation: Contact Laidlaw for busing information.

School hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

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