History: Built in 1997, West Homer Elementary is one of the Kenai Peninsula's newest schools. It serves about 190 students in grades three through six. The school features state-of-the-art technology and has been recognized by Family PC magazine and the Princeton Review as one of the nation's 100 Best Wired Schools.
Principal Charlie Walsworth
Secretary Jean Calhoun
3719 Soundview Ave.
Homer, AK 99603
Demographics: West Homer has a 90 percent Caucasian student population, with small representation of other ethnicities, including Hispanic (1 percent), Asian-Pacific Islander (2 percent) and Alaska Native (7 percent). About 46 percent of the students come from economically disadvantaged homes, and 19 percent experience disabilities.
Staffing: West Homer Elem-entary has a full-time principal, 10 teachers, 1.5 specialists (for art, music and library) and three special education teachers. There also are 1.76 FTE special education aide positions. There's a part time nurse, a full-time secretary and 2.5 custodian positions at the school.
The school's teaching staff has a combined average of more than 11 years experience with the district.
AYP: West Homer Elemen-tary School met adequate yearly progress during the 2002-03 school year, with 88 percent of students passing language arts testing and 80 percent scoring "proficient" in math. In 2003-04, West Homer once again made AYP, with 87 percent of students passing language arts and 82 percent passing math.
Cocurricular: The school has an intramural sports program, and students participate in several academic and community activities. It was the first school in the state to establish an elementary school Youth Court. The school mascot is the Orcas.
Registration: Students registered between 9 a.m. and noon or between 1 and 3 p.m. Aug. 9 to 13.
Transportation: Contact Laidlaw for busing information.
School hours: 8:25 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
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