Award Year: 2018

Homer Middle School

500 Sterling Highway
Homer, AK, 99603-7446

(907) 235-5700

Ms. Kari Dendurent, Principal at time of Nomination

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

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Homer Middle School honors students' diversity by recognizing each individual's academic and creative potential. HMS promotes high standards through a positive work ethic and encourages students to learn, succeed, and believe in themselves.

Student Demographics
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 6%
  • Two or more races: 6%
7th Grade Coastwalk and Clean Up at Bishop's Beach

7th Grade Coastwalk and Clean Up at Bishop's Beach

Homer Middle School is located at the end of the Sterling Highway, 200 miles south of Anchorage, Alaska and is surrounded by wilderness and ocean. The school enrollment averages around 200 7th and 8th grade students. Every student participates in a traditional seven period day to include four-core content classes- English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science. In addition, every student has PE and Music, and an enrichment wheel scheduled every quarter to include health, visual arts, technology, and robotics for 7th grade and World Language and Project Lead the Way for 8th grade students.

The success of Homer Middle School is a direct result of community partnerships. These entities provide hands on learning, guest speakers; community based projects as well as curricular-based field trips. Specific examples include the Islands and Ocean Visitors Center who provides students access to the world's largest seabird refuge and offers a variety of units about the Kachemak Bay. Specific activities include the 7th Grade Beach Clean-up in the Fall and the 7th Grade Cold Water Safety and Marine Days in the Spring. The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies promotes the appreciation of the Kachemak Bay's ecosystem and brings speakers and volunteers into the classroom. Because of these partnerships, the students have had the opportunity to engage in their surroundings. This is extremely important as some of our families have relied on the fishing industries for generations and now the fisheries are experiencing legislative changes that will have a great impact on their livelihood.