POLARIS K-12 SCHOOL

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6200 ASHWOOD ST
ANCHORAGE, AK 99507
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Phone: 907-742-8700
School Information
  • School Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 12th Grade
  • District: Anchorage School District
  • Students/Teacher: 18:1
  • Students/Grade: 36.9
  • Number Students: 480
  • Number Teachers: 26
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 8198
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Carol Bartholomew
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (592 ratings)
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    School Reviews (15 Reviews)
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    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2016-03-01
    "I have had a great time at Polaris, I'm sad to leave it. It is a very unique experience compared to other schools in that focuses more on the student themselves. It's up to the student to keep their education on track as teachers will not pester the student about late work or future assignments. Students may also work anywhere they choose, whether it's a quiet corner in the room. in the hallway, or in a lounge. It also has a higher level of learning in it's courses, offering things like AP Art or Advanced Composition. Personally, I feel like I could have made more of an effort my experience more worthwhile such as teaching a class or just being plain more outright and social. My favorite experiences were in Polaris' intensives. Intensives happen in the beginning or end of a semester and last for about a week or two. They are a chance to gain credits early on, such as P.E or LA credits. Both teachers and students look forward to intensives, as it's a time to get out of the norm. Such things that are generally offered such as hiking, traveling to new cities or countries, kayaking, mosaics, or architecture. The intensives change every time but generally they are always very fun and you usually gain some valuable knowledge and experience that you wouldn't normally get in a traditional school. I also enjoyed the teachers, as I found they were really willing to help me. Thanks to them, I've learned more about myself and found a love for geometry and science (even though I'm certain art and literature will still remain the top interest of mine). Overall, I had a great experience at Polaris, but I wish that I had overall taken more advantage of the opportunities available there."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-03-01
    "Most of the staff at Polaris are willing to help their students and are supportive of student activities. One such example is seen within the Polaris student government. Staff members (especially the principal) are very passionate about getting students involved. They encourage the students to try new things or new ideas, such as the more recent change from the traditional student body government style (example: the school president, secretary. treasurer, etc.) to that of a student body council. This has led to a more effective and productive student government and makes it easier to pass new resolutions or policies. An example of this would be the Polaris Resolution #5. Resolution #5 basically limited the amount of time kids from grades 6 - 8 could be at a school dance. This resolution would only be in effect for a single dance, effectively making it a nice "trial run." Many of the staff were supportive of this decision, as it was an interesting way for both students, teachers, and parents alike to see how the dance would be change. The resolution was passed and the next school dance ended up being a total flop. Many of the staff however were still supportive of the students for creating Resolution #5, as it was a good attempt and helped represent the point that not all future resolutions or policies will succeed. The Polaris staff continuously show their support for students, especially if the student wishes to start a personal project or teach a class. Often, teachers are willing to help out with these projects or classes and will give them critics or useful tips to ensure the student can do their best. Teachers are especially supportive of students who are passionate about a certain subject such as writing or art, encouraging students to continue doing what they love. Teachers also tend to be very passionate about what they teach and will often go out of their way to answer a question or help someone."
    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2015-07-01
    "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Polaris and will miss it a lot. My teachers and the student body was my family. I grew up there, and I would never want to go to a different school if I had to pick again."
    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2015-06-01
    "The teachers want students to succeed."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2015-05-01
    "The teachers are all different and unique in their own ways. Many have different ways of teaching, but the styles don't make learning hard. They all are very knowledgeable (one teacher even has a doctorate degree!) and are very helpful when it comes to students asking for help."
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