Turnagain Elementary School

Anchorage, AK 99517

Phone: (907) 742-7200
District: Anchorage School District


GreatSchools Rating

public • Grades PK-6

Anchorage's Turnagain Elementary School serves grades PK-6 in the Anchorage School District. It has received a GreatSchools Rating of 7 out of 10, based on its performance on state standardized tests.

Turnagain Elementary School is a public school in the Anchorage School District located in Anchorage, AK. The students are 53.8% White, non-Hispanic; 16.5% Multiracial; 8.1% Asian/Pacific Islander; 7.4% Native American or Native Alaskan; 5.8% Hispanic; 4.4% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 3.9% Black, non-Hispanic. 47.6% of students are participating in a free or reduced-price lunch program.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District State
White, non-Hispanic 53.8% 45.1% 50.1%
Multiracial 16.5% 13.6% 7.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8.1% 10.8% 6.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 7.4% 8.6% 23.5%
Hispanic 5.8% 10.9% 6.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 4.4% 4.7% 2.4%
Black, non-Hispanic 3.9% 6.3% 3.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District State
Students participating in a free or reduced-price lunch program 47.6% 40.4%
English learners 11% 11%

Army, Enlisted
30-40 years old
Previously lived in: fort meade, virginia beach, camp zama, grafenwoehr, fort richardson
Gold medal


This school is located in the Turnagain area which is a nice area of town. It is easily accessible from West Northern Lights Blvd. They have after school programs if you need your child to stay after school. The teaching staff is wonderful, your child will receive a very good education from this school. There are many housing areas within walking distance from this school. I highly recommend this elementary school.

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Air Force
30-40 years old
Gold medal


Turnagain Elementary is a lottery school, and we were fortunate to get a spot in the Russian Immersion program. The children get 1/2 day in Russian and 1/2 day in English...and it's everything. If they have a guest speaker during the Russian 1/2 of the day, the guest speaker speaks Russian. It's a K-6 school, and I think if you don't get in by grade 2, you can't get into the Immersion program unless you speak Russian at home, which is understandable, as the kids will be at a disadvantage for 1/2 the day.
In the winter, the turn part of the playground/parking lot into an ice skating rink, which the kids can use after school and sometimes on weekends (teachers stay and chaperone).

Turnagain Tigers!

  • Website: http://www.asdk12.org/aboutschools/turnagain/
  • What did you like? We enjoyed the Russian Immersion aspect of the school. A unique opportunity if you can get in through the lottery. Gifted program for advanced students (outlined below)
  • What did you dislike? Compared to a private school, the regular curriculum is a bit below par, but they have a "gifted program," which is by selection only. Our child enjoyed that program. They'd take the gifted group out of class and go do more advanced work, sometimes experiments on hands-on activities like building rockets to apply the science they were learning.
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# Name Type City State Overall Rating Distance
1 Turnagain Housing Area Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 0.5 mi
2 Spenard Housing Area Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 1 mi
3 Scenic Way in Downtown Anchorage Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 1.4 mi
4 Westbury Drive Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 1.9 mi
5 Strawberry Lane Apartment Homes Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 3.2 mi
6 Rogers Park Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 3.3 mi
7 Airport Heights Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 4.6 mi
8 Spruce Mobile Home Park Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 5.8 mi
9 Cheney Housing Area Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 6 mi
10 Elmendorf Housing Area Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 6.1 mi
11 Huffman Housing Area Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 7.4 mi
12 Fort Richardson Housing Area Neighborhood/Subdivision Anchorage AK 11.1 mi
13 Eagle Pointe Neighborhood/Subdivision Eagle River AK 14.7 mi
14 Wasilla Alaska Neighborhood/Subdivision Wasilla AK 30.3 mi
15 The Bluffs at The Ranch Neighborhood/Subdivision Wasilla AK 31.9 mi
# Name City State Overall Rating Distance
1 Boniface anchorage AK 5.7 mi
2 Girdwood Girdwood AK 39.5 mi
Base Distance
Elmendorf AFB 6.5 mi.
Fort Richardson 9.3 mi.
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