Turnagain Elementary

Summary:

Turnagain Elementary is a public elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska, serving 308 students in grades PK-6. The school is part of the Anchorage School District, which is ranked 11th out of 24 districts in the state and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Turnagain Elementary consistently outperforms the Anchorage School District and the state of Alaska in academic proficiency across various subjects and grade levels. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, Turnagain had 55.56% of students proficient or better in ASA/Science, compared to 39.44% for the district and 36.93% for the state. The school also excels in English Language Arts and Mathematics, with higher proficiency rates than the district and state averages. Turnagain's performance in specific student subgroups, such as White, Asian, and multi-racial students, is particularly noteworthy, suggesting the school is effectively serving these populations.

Turnagain Elementary's student population is more racially diverse compared to many of the nearby schools, such as Denali Montessori Elementary, Gladys Wood Elementary, and Kincaid Elementary. This diversity, combined with the school's strong academic performance, suggests that Turnagain is able to create an inclusive environment that supports the learning and development of students from various backgrounds. While Turnagain outperforms the district and state averages, there is still room for improvement, particularly in areas like English Language Arts and Mathematics, where proficiency rates could be further increased.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 3500 W Northern Lights Blvd
       Anchorage, AK  99517-3318


(907) 742-7200

District: Anchorage School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
65th of 176 Alaska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,018 Help


Students who attend Turnagain Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Romig Middle School
High:    West High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.8 Help
Number of students:  308

Racial breakdown:

White:
50.3%
Two or more races:
17.5%
American Indian:
13.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  40.9% Help


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Compare Details Turnagain Elementary ranks better than 63.1% of elementary schools in Alaska. It also ranks 26th among 62 ranked elementary schools in the Anchorage School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 59.82. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Turnagain Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (50.3%), two or more races (17.5%), American Indian (13.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 40.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Turnagain Elementary is 16.8. 38 elementary schools in the Anchorage School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Turnagain Elementary is $14,018. 42 elementary schools in the Anchorage School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Turnagain Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Turnagain Elementary 65th of 176 Alaska public elementary schools. (See Turnagain Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Anchorage School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Anchorage School District 11th of 24 Alaska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Turnagain Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Turnagain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 68.36 76th 213 64.3%
2006 55.82 121st 218 44.5%
2007 50.98 125th 212 41.0%
2008 49.63 131st 219 40.2%
2009 53.80 122nd 226 46.0%
2010 70.31 75th 229 67.2%
2011 61.42 105th 223 52.9%
2012 59.23 105th 227 53.7%
2013 57.70 112th 223 49.8%
2014 63.83 86th 218 60.6%
2015 61.99 84th 246 65.9%
2017 38.95 116th 180 35.6%
2018 44.17 110th 186 40.9%
2019 43.85 107th 185 42.2%
2021 60.66 73rd 173 57.8%
2022 69.68 42nd 171 75.4%
2023 59.82 65th 176 63.1%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Turnagain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 38.57 51st 73 30.1%
2021 72.43 13th 45 71.1%
2022 91.25 2nd 58 96.6%
2023 64.31 26th 74 64.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Turnagain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 77.22 7th 41 82.9%
2021 43.03 12th 22 45.5%
2022 51.23 9th 20 55.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Turnagain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 39.51 93rd 147 36.7%
2021 53.25 48th 110 56.4%
2022 52.98 43rd 104 58.7%
2023 53.83 50th 119 58.0%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Turnagain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 39.09 7th 10 30.0%
2022 68.72 5th 15 66.7%
2023 51.53 14th 30 53.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Turnagain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 48.82 87th 159 45.3%
2021 55.93 55th 141 61.0%
2022 64.01 38th 143 73.4%
2023 42.45 84th 152 44.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Turnagain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 41.21 98th 159 38.4%
2021 54.68 61st 142 57.0%
2022 66.15 42nd 148 71.6%
2023 68.10 39th 148 73.6%
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Rank History for Asian students at Turnagain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 67.96 9th 41 78.0%
2021 52.82 11th 25 56.0%
2022 64.64 7th 26 73.1%
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Rank History for White students at Turnagain Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 55.79 63rd 147 57.1%
2021 79.86 16th 127 87.4%
2022 74.96 19th 137 86.1%
2023 73.00 30th 138 78.3%
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Data source: test scores: Alaska Department of Education and Early Developmenr, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Turnagain Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 454 28 49 18 59 n/a n/a 0 608
1990 485 30 59 13 52 n/a n/a 0 639
1991 482 18 80 17 50 n/a n/a 0 647
1992 533 15 98 20 48 n/a n/a 0 714
1993 506 18 93 19 59 n/a n/a 0 695
1994 507 22 100 21 68 n/a n/a 0 718
1995 417 29 122 13 72 n/a n/a 0 653
1996 417 29 122 13 72 n/a n/a 0 653
1997 288 12 55 16 61 n/a n/a 0 432
1998 272 11 56 10 61 n/a n/a 0 410
1999 265 19 69 11 64 n/a n/a 0 428
2000 241 18 65 16 52 n/a n/a 0 392
2001 221 25 67 20 52 n/a n/a 0 385
2002 184 23 54 26 57 n/a n/a 0 344
2003 184 23 54 26 57 n/a n/a 0 344
2004 160 18 46 21 75 n/a n/a 0 320
2005 193 15 51 17 66 n/a n/a 0 342
2006 201 10 42 24 69 n/a n/a 0 346
2007 238 22 35 26 66 n/a n/a 0 387
2008 209 13 31 36 38 n/a n/a 75 402
2009 226 9 20 25 34 18 67 0 399
2010 247 11 26 25 39 18 80 0 446
2011 270 7 30 24 36 13 79 0 459
2012 261 17 33 21 41 11 83 0 467
2013 232 17 35 25 32 19 71 0 431
2014 228 13 39 29 35 23 84 0 451
2015 212 13 34 30 37 30 79 0 435
2016 206 18 34 30 34 20 80 0 422
2017 203 19 31 24 34 38 71 0 420
2018 189 11 32 29 40 34 71 0 406
2019 191 10 25 27 40 35 70 0 398
2020 185 5 24 33 44 40 76 0 407
2021 162 9 23 28 38 33 53 0 346
2022 155 3 20 22 42 29 58 0 329
2023 155 2 14 17 41 25 54 0 308

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Turnagain Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 608 26.3 23.1 13.3
1990 639 27.0 23.6 13.6
1991 647 28.0 23.1 10.7
1992 714 28.0 25.5 12
1993 695 28.0 24.8 12.4
1994 718 28.0 25.6 12
1995 653 33.5 19.5 15.2
1996 653 33.5 19.5 15.2
1997 432 33.5 12.9 20.8
1998 410 21.0 19.5 20.5
1999 428 23.0 18.6 23.8
2000 392 23.7 16.5 30.1
2001 385 21.0 18.3 29.4
2002 344 21.2 16.2 26.2
2003 344 21.2 16.2 26.2
2004 320 19.2 16.7 29.4
2005 342 22.7 15.1 28.9
2006 346 21.4 16.2 34.1
2007 387 23.4 16.5 36.4
2008 402 26.1 15.4 47.4
2009 399 27.0 14.8 37.6
2010 446 27.6 16.1 33.9
2011 459 30.9 14.8 35.9
2012 467 27.8 16.7 41.5
2013 431 28.8 14.9 47.6
2014 451 29.9 15.0 52.3
2015 435 29.0 15.0 45.7
2016 422 29.0 14.5 41
2017 420 26.3 15.9 38.8
2018 406 25.1 16.1 46.6
2019 398 23.2 17.1 43.2
2020 407 26.2 15.5 49.4
2021 346 25.5 13.5 n/a
2022 329 24.8 13.2 n/a
2023 308 18.2 16.8 40.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Turnagain Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 608 26.3 23.1 13.3
1990 639 27.0 23.6 13.6
1991 647 28.0 23.1 10.7
1992 714 28.0 25.5 12
1993 695 28.0 24.8 12.4
1994 718 28.0 25.6 12
1995 653 33.5 19.5 15.2
1996 653 33.5 19.5 15.2
1997 432 33.5 12.9 20.8
1998 410 21.0 19.5 20.5
1999 428 23.0 18.6 23.8
2000 392 23.7 16.5 30.1
2001 385 21.0 18.3 29.4
2002 344 21.2 16.2 26.2
2003 344 21.2 16.2 26.2
2004 320 19.2 16.7 29.4
2005 342 22.7 15.1 28.9
2006 346 21.4 16.2 34.1
2007 387 23.4 16.5 36.4
2008 402 26.1 15.4 47.4
2009 399 27.0 14.8 37.6
2010 446 27.6 16.1 33.9
2011 459 30.9 14.8 35.9
2012 467 27.8 16.7 41.5
2013 431 28.8 14.9 47.6
2014 451 29.9 15.0 52.3
2015 435 29.0 15.0 45.7
2016 422 29.0 14.5 41
2017 420 26.3 15.9 38.8
2018 406 25.1 16.1 46.6
2019 398 23.2 17.1 43.2
2020 407 26.2 15.5 49.4
2021 346 25.5 13.5 n/a
2022 329 24.8 13.2 n/a
2023 308 18.2 16.8 40.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Turnagain Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,068 (7.6%) $12,950 (92.4%) $14,018

Data source: Alaska Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Turnagain Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 107th of 185 Elementary schoolsRanks 65th of 176 Elementary schools
 20.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
All Grades Science (Turnagain Elementary)43.555.6
 12.1%
   All Grades Science (Anchorage School District)46.639.4
 7.2%
   All Grades Science (Alaska)44.736.9
 7.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students398308
 22.6%
African American102
 80%
American Indian4041
 2.5%
Asian2514
 44%
Hispanic2717
 37%
Pacific Islander3525
 28.6%
White191155
 18.8%
Two or More Races7054
 22.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients43.2%40.9%
 2.3%


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Students at Turnagain Elementary are 50% White, 18% Two or more races, 13% American Indian, 8% Pacific Islander, 6% Hispanic, 5% Asian.

Students who attend Turnagain Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Romig Middle School
High : West High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 308 students attended Turnagain Elementary.

Turnagain Elementary ranks 65th of 176 Alaska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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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.

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