Sand Lake Elementary

Summary:

Sand Lake Elementary is a public elementary school in Anchorage, Alaska, serving students from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade as part of the Anchorage School District. This high-performing school consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in the state, with a diverse student population and strong academic outcomes, particularly in mathematics.

Sand Lake Elementary's academic performance is notably higher than the Anchorage School District and Alaska state averages across various subjects and grade levels. In the 2022-2023 school year, 46.32% of students were proficient or better in STAR/English Language Arts, compared to 36.41% for the Anchorage School District and 31.8% for the state. The school's performance is especially strong in mathematics, with 52.98% of students proficient or better, compared to 37.25% for the Anchorage School District and 32.53% for the state. Sand Lake Elementary also excels in the performance of specific student subgroups, such as Asian students, Hispanic students, and English Language Learners (ELL) students, ranking among the top schools in Alaska for these subgroups.

Compared to nearby schools, such as Bayshore Elementary and Kincaid Elementary, which also demonstrate strong academic performance, Sand Lake Elementary stands out for its efficient resource allocation and ability to achieve exceptional outcomes despite a relatively high student-teacher ratio of 18:1. This contrasts with schools like Willow Crest Elementary and Taku Elementary, which have significantly lower academic performance, potentially correlated with higher percentages of economically disadvantaged students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 7500 Jewel Lake Rd
       Anchorage, AK  99502


(907) 243-2161

District: Anchorage School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
45th of 176 Alaska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,911 Help


Students who attend Sand Lake Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Mears Middle School
High:    Dimond High School

Student/teacher ratio:  18.0 Help
Number of students:  508

Racial breakdown:

White:
40.7%
Two or more races:
25.6%
Asian:
12.0%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  32.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sand Lake Elementary ranks better than 74.4% of elementary schools in Alaska. It also ranks 21st among 63 ranked elementary schools in the Anchorage School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 68.54. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Sand Lake Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (40.7%), two or more races (25.6%), Asian (12%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 32.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sand Lake Elementary is 18. 50 elementary schools in the Anchorage School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sand Lake Elementary is $12,911. 56 elementary schools in the Anchorage School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sand Lake Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Sand Lake Elementary 45th of 176 Alaska public elementary schools. (See Sand Lake Elementary in the ranking list.)

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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 Sand Lake Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Sand Lake Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 84.13 14th 213 93.4%
2006 83.99 14th 218 93.6%
2007 82.83 15th 212 92.9%
2008 75.58 42nd 219 80.8%
2009 73.50 60th 226 73.5%
2010 73.69 61st 229 73.4%
2011 74.64 52nd 223 76.7%
2012 69.59 65th 227 71.4%
2013 77.94 40th 223 82.1%
2014 80.67 23rd 218 89.4%
2015 79.28 32nd 246 87.0%
2017 63.60 57th 180 68.3%
2018 64.05 66th 186 64.5%
2019 57.44 76th 185 58.9%
2021 50.38 82nd 173 52.6%
2022 58.15 65th 171 62.0%
2023 68.54 45th 176 74.4%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Sand Lake Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 72.82 10th 73 86.3%
2021 68.20 16th 45 64.4%
2022 45.53 36th 58 37.9%
2023 63.68 28th 74 62.2%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Sand Lake Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 49.29 20th 41 51.2%
2021 22.24 19th 22 13.6%
2022 65.01 4th 20 80.0%
2023 74.10 3rd 14 78.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sand Lake Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 53.77 66th 147 55.1%
2021 40.87 61st 110 44.5%
2022 59.04 34th 104 67.3%
2023 60.60 41st 119 65.5%
See the entire list of Best Alaska Elementary Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Migrant students at Sand Lake Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 65.90 5th 24 79.2%
2022 75.32 2nd 15 86.7%
2023 72.70 4th 30 86.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Sand Lake Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 57.72 75th 159 52.8%
2021 52.86 60th 141 57.4%
2022 56.17 56th 143 60.8%
2023 71.98 32nd 152 78.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Sand Lake Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 53.69 71st 159 55.3%
2021 38.68 89th 142 37.3%
2022 59.35 54th 148 63.5%
2023 56.58 58th 148 60.8%
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Rank History for Asian students at Sand Lake Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 55.06 16th 41 61.0%
2022 57.43 10th 26 61.5%
2023 60.00 11th 36 69.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Sand Lake Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 30.40 22nd 26 15.4%
2023 90.19 1st 28 96.4%
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Rank History for White students at Sand Lake Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 59.29 55th 147 62.6%
2021 44.36 77th 127 39.4%
2022 65.34 36th 137 73.7%
2023 72.83 31st 138 77.5%
See the entire list of Best Alaska Elementary Schools for White Students!

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.

Sand Lake Elementary Test Scores
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Data source: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

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by a parent
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Open Quote Wonderful before and after school classes for students. Caring staff and great principals! Neighborhood classes use The Leader In Me program with excellent results. Great neighborhood primary teaching team! Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, September 23, 2012

Open Quote Sand Lake is full of bully's and the principal does nothing about it, he makes them apologize which allows for this kind of behavior to happen again and again. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Sand Lake Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 407 12 58 10 33 n/a n/a 0 520
1990 472 20 67 14 32 n/a n/a 0 605
1991 535 14 55 16 35 n/a n/a 0 655
1992 608 12 53 17 42 n/a n/a 0 732
1993 689 18 55 17 47 n/a n/a 0 826
1994 638 21 58 12 42 n/a n/a 0 771
1995 607 30 71 16 52 n/a n/a 0 776
1996 607 30 71 16 52 n/a n/a 0 776
1997 432 19 53 14 51 n/a n/a 0 569
1998 438 25 65 16 57 n/a n/a 0 601
1999 423 31 68 14 47 n/a n/a 0 583
2000 407 31 75 16 50 n/a n/a 0 579
2001 413 32 98 9 60 n/a n/a 0 612
2002 391 30 106 15 75 n/a n/a 0 617
2003 391 30 106 15 75 n/a n/a 0 617
2004 406 27 117 20 66 n/a n/a 0 636
2005 385 24 127 15 79 n/a n/a 0 630
2006 390 20 119 23 74 n/a n/a 0 626
2007 389 25 128 22 87 n/a n/a 0 651
2008 344 13 100 48 59 n/a n/a 104 668
2009 336 13 93 46 60 12 117 0 677
2010 310 15 100 40 60 10 129 0 664
2011 339 11 103 45 60 19 129 0 706
2012 332 13 87 47 58 18 126 0 681
2013 325 14 93 57 45 22 131 0 687
2014 299 13 82 58 46 16 146 0 660
2015 301 14 79 58 57 22 151 0 682
2016 302 11 65 59 48 16 156 0 657
2017 294 13 71 64 44 23 164 0 673
2018 281 11 68 54 55 20 165 0 654
2019 262 13 65 52 50 21 162 0 625
2020 250 16 67 56 45 18 168 0 620
2021 213 19 67 41 32 14 139 0 525
2022 212 15 72 50 28 18 135 0 530
2023 207 15 61 51 30 14 130 0 508

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

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Sand Lake Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 520 25.4 20.4 9.4
1990 605 26.0 23.2 6.1
1991 655 28.0 23.3 5.5
1992 732 28.0 26.1 5.7
1993 826 28.0 29.5 5.1
1994 771 28.0 27.5 5.4
1995 776 38.5 20.2 7.1
1996 776 38.5 20.2 7.1
1997 569 38.5 14.8 5.8
1998 601 30.0 20.0 8.3
1999 583 30.0 19.4 10.5
2000 579 27.5 21.1 n/a
2001 612 27.1 22.6 13.4
2002 617 30.0 20.6 13.1
2003 617 30.0 20.6 13.1
2004 636 30.0 21.2 13.4
2005 630 30.0 21.0 12.7
2006 626 31.5 19.9 18.8
2007 651 31.6 20.6 17.5
2008 668 33.3 20.1 18.1
2009 677 34.1 19.9 19.2
2010 664 35.0 18.9 20.2
2011 706 36.4 19.3 25.9
2012 681 35.6 19.0 26
2013 687 36.9 18.5 27.4
2014 660 39.2 16.8 35.6
2015 682 38.0 17.9 32.6
2016 657 36.0 18.2 28.9
2017 673 34.7 19.3 31.1
2018 654 37.9 17.2 37.2
2019 625 34.0 18.3 9.8
2020 620 33.1 18.7 35
2021 525 29.5 17.7 n/a
2022 530 31.0 17.0 n/a
2023 508 28.1 18.0 32.5

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 Sand Lake Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 520 25.4 20.4 9.4
1990 605 26.0 23.2 6.1
1991 655 28.0 23.3 5.5
1992 732 28.0 26.1 5.7
1993 826 28.0 29.5 5.1
1994 771 28.0 27.5 5.4
1995 776 38.5 20.2 7.1
1996 776 38.5 20.2 7.1
1997 569 38.5 14.8 5.8
1998 601 30.0 20.0 8.3
1999 583 30.0 19.4 10.5
2000 579 27.5 21.1 n/a
2001 612 27.1 22.6 13.4
2002 617 30.0 20.6 13.1
2003 617 30.0 20.6 13.1
2004 636 30.0 21.2 13.4
2005 630 30.0 21.0 12.7
2006 626 31.5 19.9 18.8
2007 651 31.6 20.6 17.5
2008 668 33.3 20.1 18.1
2009 677 34.1 19.9 19.2
2010 664 35.0 18.9 20.2
2011 706 36.4 19.3 25.9
2012 681 35.6 19.0 26
2013 687 36.9 18.5 27.4
2014 660 39.2 16.8 35.6
2015 682 38.0 17.9 32.6
2016 657 36.0 18.2 28.9
2017 673 34.7 19.3 31.1
2018 654 37.9 17.2 37.2
2019 625 34.0 18.3 9.8
2020 620 33.1 18.7 35
2021 525 29.5 17.7 n/a
2022 530 31.0 17.0 n/a
2023 508 28.1 18.0 32.5

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 Sand Lake Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $938 (7.3%) $11,972 (92.7%) $12,911

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sand Lake Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 76th of 185 Elementary schoolsRanks 45th of 176 Elementary schools
 15.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
All Grades Science (Sand Lake Elementary)3346
 13%
   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 Students625508
 18.7%
African American1315
 15.4%
American Indian5030
 40%
Asian6561
 6.2%
Hispanic5251
 1.9%
Pacific Islander2114
 33.3%
White262207
 21%
Two or More Races162130
 19.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients9.8%32.5%
 22.7%


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Students at Sand Lake Elementary are 41% White, 26% Two or more races, 12% Asian, 10% Hispanic, 6% American Indian, 3% African American, 3% Pacific Islander.

Students who attend Sand Lake Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Mears Middle School
High : Dimond High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 508 students attended Sand Lake Elementary.

Sand Lake Elementary ranks 45th of 176 Alaska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 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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