military families

      Welcome to Fairbanks BEST Homeschool!

    Fairbanks BEST is a military-friendly homeschool. 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! Our student body is 33% military connected; 37% Active Duty: USAF & USARMY, 18% Civil Service: USAF & USARMY, 8% Air Guard, National Guard and Reserves and 37% Veteran/Retired Military.  

    We work very closely with the military installations School Liaison Officers.

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

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

      • Tactical Tutoring for Elementary Readers
      • Operation Arctic Algebra Advancement
      • Stealth Sciences

    The FNSBSD supports the Child and Youth Behavioral Military & Family Counseling programfunded by the Department of Defense, where seven counselors physically serve five elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools for students, families and staff. Our Military Family Life Counselors serve Fairbanks BEST Homeschool as well. Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve parents are welcome to reach out to any of the School MFLCs. 


    School MFLC roster

    For the past four years, the FNSBSD, Eielson AFB, Fort Wainwright, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough 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!


    For a checklist to help with the enrollment process and transitioning between schools, please click this link: Student Transition Checklist



    Ms. Kara Candelaria

    Head Teacher
    Fairbanks BEST Homeschool's Designated Purple Star Point of Contact (POC)
    (907) 452-2000 x 11201



      Ms. Georgia Sandgren

      FNSBSD Military Student Support Coordinator


      (907) 452-2000 x 11340