How We Support Military-Connected Students

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      Welcome to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District!

    Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) is a military-friendly school district. We want to help make your transition in our schools as smooth as possible and provide you with up-to-date information while you are here! 

    With more than 12,600 students and 33 schools in the school district, FNSBSD educates over 4,000 military-connected students, which is 33% of the total student population (current information as of August 2023).

    The school district has Arctic Light Elementary (Fort Wainwright: K-5th grade), Anderson Crawford Elementary (Eielson AFB: K-5th grade) and Ben Eielson Jr/Sr High School (Eielson AFB: 6th-12th grade), which are located on post and base.

    The FNSBSD manages three Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grants:

    The FNSBSD supports the Child and Youth Behavioral Military & Family Counseling program, funded by the Department of Defense, where seven counselors serve five elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools for students, families and staff.

    The following twelve FNSBSD schools have been awarded the designation of being Purple Star Schools: Anderson Elementary, Arctic Light Elementary, Ben Eielson Jr/Sr High, Crawford Elementary, Discovery Peak Charter, Hunter Elementary, Ladd Elementary, Lathrop High, North Pole High, North Pole Middle, Tanana Middle, and West Valley High. Purple Star Schools are schools that have shown a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation's military.

    For the past four years, the FNSBSD, Eielson AFB, Fort Wainwright and the FNSB community have been awarded the Military Child Education Coalition's LTG (Ret) H.G. "Pete" Taylor Partnership of Excellence Awards:
       2020 Andie the Thunderbird, Mail Service
       2021 Readiness (R2): Military Dependent Students are Ready to Learn!
       2022 Operation Grow Where You Go: Cultivating Support for Military Children, Tweens, and Teens
       2023 Month of the Military Child: A Day in the Life ... Activity Fair

    We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our military families, especially our youngest heroes - your children, our students!

Contact Information


    Georgia Sandgren
    Military Student Support Coordinator
    520 5th Avenue
    Teaching & Learning
    Fairbanks, AK 99701
    (907) 452-2000 x11340

Military Student Support