Best Public Schools in Kotzebue, AK


The city of Kotzebue, Alaska is home to 3 schools that serve students from elementary through high school, all part of the Northwest Arctic Borough School District. While the district faces significant challenges, with a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger, a closer look at the individual schools reveals some standout elements worth noting.

The Kotzebue Middle/High School and June Nelson Elementary both rank among the lowest in the state, with the middle/high school ranking 58th out of 62 Alaska high schools and the elementary school ranking 172nd out of 176 Alaska elementary schools. In contrast, the NWABSD Home School has the highest student-to-teacher ratio at 112, significantly higher than the other schools in the district.

Across the schools, there are common challenges, including high percentages of Native American students, ranging from 85.28% at June Nelson Elementary to 100% at NWABSD Home School, and high rates of free/reduced lunch recipients, from 93.96% at June Nelson Elementary to 96.34% at Kotzebue Middle/High School. Additionally, the schools perform significantly below the state average in proficiency rates for various assessments, suggesting that the students are struggling academically, which may be related to the socioeconomic challenges faced by the community.

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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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