Award Year: 2019

Aurora Elementary School

5085 10Th Street
JBER, AK, 99506-1199

(907) 742-0300

Ms. Debra Washington, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Anna Walker, Current Principal

Anchorage School District

School Website


Aurora Elementary is a culturally responsive school, fostering a climate for respect for all students, parents and staff. Serving our military families is first and foremost for our staff. We work closely with our families to ease transitions for the children of our military professionals. Professionally sound and appropriate learning experiences are provided to meet each student's abilities. We proudly serve the families of those that serve our country.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 48%
  • Hispanic: 25%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Two or more races: 12%
Healthy bodies, healthy minds - Physical Education in Alaska

Healthy bodies, healthy minds - Physical Education in Alaska

Aurora Elementary recognizes the environment the students come to every day is critical to their success. We provide a safe and caring atmosphere combined with an intentionality in every procedure and process. Everything that happens in the school is purpose driven. Our culture is one of learning. We expect all of our students to succeed, and through their success we succeed.

We believe our neighborhoods and the families in them are our most important assets. We warmly welcome our parents and community into the school at every opportunity. A popular annual Aurora event is our family multicultural night. When the parents and staff share their cultures with one another it allows everyone the opportunity to learn about each other, thus bringing them together as a larger school family.

Fostering this community involvement creates vital relationships that expand the learning environment beyond the walls of the school. Therefore, we involve the entire community to benefit the students, so that every student can achieve their full potential.