Best Public Schools in Barrow, AK


The city of Barrow, Alaska is home to 4 schools serving students from elementary through high school, all operated by the North Slope Borough School District. Unfortunately, the data paints a concerning picture, as these schools are consistently underperforming compared to state averages across a variety of key metrics.

None of the schools in Barrow appear to be standouts, with all 4 schools - Fred Ipalook Elementary, Barrow High School, Eben Hopson Middle School, and Kiita Learning Community - ranking in the bottom quartile of their respective school types statewide. Test scores are significantly lower than state averages, with the highest proficiency rate across all schools and subjects being just 20% in 4th grade English Language Arts at Fred Ipalook Elementary.

Despite the schools in Barrow spending significantly more per student than the state average, this higher funding has not translated to better outcomes. The free and reduced lunch rates are also much higher than the state average, suggesting socioeconomic factors may be contributing to the challenges these schools face. Addressing the educational disparities in Barrow will likely require a multifaceted approach that considers the unique demographic, cultural, and resource-related factors impacting student success in this region.

SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Developmenr.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.

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