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Mt. Spur Elementary, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, JBER

The Anchorage School District elementary school a student attends is determined by where the sponsor lives on base. There are five elementary schools on JBER: Aurora, Mount Spurr, Orion, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Five middle schools — Begich, Central, Clark, Gruening and Mirror Lake — are accessible to students in grades seven and eight who reside on base. Senior high students grades nine through 12 attend Bartlett High School, Eagle River High School or Chugiak High School. Busing is provided for all middle and high school students living on base. School attendance for middle and high school students is determined by where the child resides on JBER.

Children who live off base attend one of the district’s 59 elementary, 11 middle or nine comprehensive high schools, depending on resident location. Parents can visit to obtain school assignment information. To participate in a school or program outside your child’s neighborhood school, an application must be submitted. ASD’s online system allows parents to apply to the desired school or program. For more information on zone exemptions or lottery schools and programs visit Parents may also call the JBERSchool Liaison Office at 907-384-7500 or call the school they wish their child to attend.

The district’s Early Childhood Special Education Program has a preschool classroom at Ursa Major Elementary School on JBER-Richardson. This program provides and oversees services for children ages 3 to 5 who experience developmental delays or other disabilities.

Children planting tree, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

The Elementary Special Education Program provides and oversees services for children in grades kindergarten through fifth/sixth grade who experience a variety of disabilities. Students eligible for special education must receive special education services in their “least restrictive environment.” Under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, school districts are required to maintain a full continuum of educational placement options for students. The Middle School Special Education Program provides a continuum of placement options on its 10 middle school campuses, which ensure individual program design as specified in the student’s Individualized Education Program. The High School Special Education Program provides a range of instructional, vocational and support services for students attending the eight comprehensive high schools, the alternative and optional schools and in the community. For more information, contact the Special Education Department at 907-742-6021 or

All middle and high school students who want to participate in athletics or other physical activities must have a current physical exam on file at their school. A practicing physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or military medical examiner must certify the student is physically fit to participate in such activities.

Parents are welcome at their child’s school to be a part of their academic success. For email announcements of ASD news, including school closures, sign up at

JBER units also take part in the JBER/ASD School Partnership Program, which has been developed to assist Anchorage School District students by improving citizenship and educational experience through exposure to positive U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force role models.

The partnership is an extension of the Anchorage School Business Partnership program, which was established in 1991 and includes the participation of more than 600 businesses throughout the Anchorage community.

The Military Child Education Coalition was established to assist military personnel and their families with information and resources to smooth the transition of dependent children from one duty location to the next.

Air Force Honor Guard folding flag in elementary school classroom, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, JBER

The School Liaison Officer:

  • Advocates for the educational needs of military children and assists Airmen, Soldiers and families with information and referral regarding local school districts and other educational options, including home schooling, private schools, charter schools and online programs.
  • Provides information and referral services for students with special educational needs.
  • Ensures school personnel are aware of the unique issues affecting military children.
  • Assists high school juniors and seniors with college preparation and research of scholarships and grant opportunities.
  • Assists personnel and families in resolving problems not solved after using the school chain of command.
  • Provides information on Partnership Programs (volunteering in local schools).

Alaska is a member of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission. The state recognizes the transition and deployment-related issues of military-connected students. For more information, visit or call the JBER School Liaison Office at 907-384-7500.


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