Award Year: 2013

Aurora Elementary School

5085 10th Street
JBER, AK, 99506-1124

(907) 742-0300

Debra Washington, Principal at time of Nomination

Anchorage School District

School Website


Aurora is a culturally responsive school, fostering a climate of respect for all staff, students and adults. High expectations for all students to reach their potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 68%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 8%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 4%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Aurora Elementary is one of six schools located on JBER, ( joint military base Elemendorf / Richardson )
Alaska. We receive students from all of military bases in the states and overseas. An average of 150 students transfer to and from Aurora in 2011- 2012 school year.

The focal point for our school has been to implement the standards in the curricula areas. All students are given universal screening in reading and now in math, three times a year. Based on the results of the universal screening, students are placed in leveled reading groups. Struggling students are progress monitored to provide support and to increase achievement. All students are given extra reading instruction three times a week. Differentiation of instruction is provided for students in each of the leveled reading groups. RTI ( response to instruction ) provides the framework for teachers to implement the appropriate interventions. The success of Aurora's program is due to on-going evaluation of students' data and teacher collaboration.

Many programs and volunteers; such as, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Military & Family Life Counselor Program, parent volunteers, Aurora's PTA, First National Bank, JBER, and the 59th Signal Battalion, our business partners have supported and encouraged our students to achieve their goals. We have positive expectations for each student who attends Aurora Elementary School.