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About This School

Northern Lights ABC K-8 School is a public middle school in Anchorage. 617 children attend Northern Lights ABC K-8 School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 17% of the 617 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Northern Lights ABC K-8 School is 22:1. Polaris K-12 School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 8% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 49% 49%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 9%
Asian 21% %
Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 19% 9%
Multiracial 13% 13%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17% 33%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I'm sorry but this school is horrible at hiring teachers. When my child was in fourth grade her paper was ripped to pieces just for doing it in class. The teacher spent all of her time texting in class while she was supposed to be teaching. Also she spent time telling stories all day.

  • (5 months ago)

    I feel as though my daughter should be wearing a uniform to Northern Lights but thats just one persons opinion and when it comes down to it it never hurts to see both sides of the spectrum. I like my hats and hoodies. Definite double standard when it comes to allowing individual expression at that school. Yes they hold their students accountable and don't put up with slackers or unmotivated families because when your kids do start going here you as a parent will be helping every night with homework. I only gave them three stars because of lack of welcoming I felt from just about all the staff. I realize the school is strict but there is no reason the staff should have no care or concern in the way they talk to you or your child. Yes they do teach respect but they won't be any nurturing involved in teaching respect. It feels more like 'YOU WILL RESPECT ME OR ELSE' Thats the ONE thing this school lacks is 'CARE AND CONCERN'... they have more a mentality of 'MOVE IT LOSE IT' so be prepared for a competitive atmosphere that Commends and Recognizes good grades and following everyone else. This is not a school that builds individualism and uniqueness.

  • (7 months ago)

    Great school The school atmosphere is one of caring and trust which enhances the learning environment. My child love her school and their teachers.

  • (11 months ago)

    I personally love this school. The staff is very involved and it shows that they care about my children and want them to succeed.

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers at this school are excellent. The Principal is very involved available and supportive.

  • (3 years ago)

    Besided focus on creating a strong academic foundation for future learning the school strives to teach the students to respect themselves and to respect others.

  • (4 years ago)

    They are committed to teaching the children not only the foundations of education but also patriotism and personal responsibility.

  • (4 years ago)

    Northern Lights ABC School it's the best school in town have the best teachers and have a great environment for the students.

  • (4 years ago)

    With the exception of the secretaries NLABC is a great school with the best teachers who really love thier jobs!!

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a relief to see a school that has conservative traditional values with such high expectations of its students.

  • (4 years ago)

    NLABC school emphasis on strict discipline and good moral character building sets the stage for a condusive learning environment and makes the child an asset to society. Their high standard on academics and parents involvement in the curriculum sets this school a part from the rest.

  • (4 years ago)

    Parent participation is huge which I believe helps the children to learn and grow. My son is in kindergarten and the program for him is teaching him responsibility being a good citizen and learning for life!

  • (4 years ago)

    It teaches 13 core values that will help children succeed in life. It promotes positive learning by encouraging hard work and earning awards for success. The teachers are awesome! They love kids work hard but have fun too. I loooove Northern Lights ABC!

  • (4 years ago)

    NLABC is the best school in the state We have the best teachers and the greatest staff in the city. I have to give a very special thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Nishimuri.She cares for each student she teaches and she has a dedication to them and their parents. She needs to be recognized as the best teacher of the year.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Northern Lights ABC School because my daughter is learning not only academically but also how important it is to become a great citizen. They are giving her a wonderful base to becoming a successful and well rounded person.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love my son's school! So far I'm very impressed and pleasantly surprised with the faculty and staff the high curriculum standards and their Patriotic views. Couldn't be happier!

  • (4 years ago)

    NLABC is full of professionals and parents who are committed to securing a sound educational foundation for our kids. What are thought of as old-fashioned fundamentals of reading writing and math are the pillars of what becomes for most of these kids a love of life-long learning.

  • (4 years ago)

    Northern Lights ABC school teaches respect and disipline along with academics; pricipals our country is in need of.

  • (4 years ago)

    Love love love this school. My little boy just started Kindergarten here and it is a perfect fit. Very well organized and the teachers are top-notch! Love the 1/2 day kindergarten so much! Highly recommend it!

  • (4 years ago)

    Northern Lights abc school teaches respect... something our country is seeing diminish quite quickly! Kids are taught in a caring yet firm method.

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