Award Year: 2015

Bear Valley Elementary School

15001 Mountain Air Drive
Anchorage, AK, 99516-4400

(907) 742-5900

Ms. Michelle Prince, Principal at time of Nomination

Anchorage School District

School Website

Mission

Bear Valley Elementary is committed to providing a well-rounded education in support of lifelong learning and successful membership in the community.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 73%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 5%
  • Two or more races: 10%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Bear Valley Elementary School photo of faculty and students.

Bear Valley Elementary School photo of faculty and students.

Bear Valley Elementary School is a neighborhood school, nestled in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains in Anchorage, Alaska. Our school serves 390 students and is one of sixty-six elementary schools in the Anchorage School District, the largest school district in the State of Alaska. Bear Valley Elementary provides a complete educational program in support of lifelong learning and successful membership in the community. In addition to the school district curriculum, our school offers a variety of enrichment opportunities for students and families, such as author visits, artist-in-residence, themed-centers days, mini-society, sixth grade outdoor camp, fifth grade Challenger Center trip, school musicals, and family learning nights. These learning enhancements are interwoven and added to the curriculum to foster student engagement. The strength of our school may be seen in dedication of staff to provide engaging learning experiences and commitment of parents to support these endeavors.

A collaborative approach ensures successful outcomes for Bear Valley Elementary School. Principal, teachers, and parents work in partnership to ensure student success. Engaging lessons, parent-involvement, high expectations, data-driven decisions, enrichment opportunities, and a positive school environment frame our school. This framework nurtures a “family atmosphere," which strengthens our program. This collaborative commitment has led to successful student achievement and recognition by the State of Alaska as a Reward School in the areas of High Performance and High Progress.