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 12,470 students and 32 schools in the district, we educate over 3,800 military-connected students, which is 31% of the total student population (current information as of Apr. 2022).

    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), that are located on post and base.

    The FNSBSD manages two Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) grants:


    The FNSBSD received a STARTALK World Language grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) for students at Arctic Light Elementary, Ladd Elementary, Tanana Middle, and Ryan Middle School.

    The FNSBSD received a DoD STEM grant funding STEMKAMP (Science, Education, Technology, and Mathematics for Kids of Active Military Personnel) project for Anderson-Crawford and Ben Eielson Junior High School students.

    The FNSBSD works with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) for students at Ben Eielson Senior High School and North Pole High School.

    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.

    In the Spring of 2022, the following eleven FNSBSD schools were 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, 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 three years, the FNSBSD, Eielson AFB, Fort Wainwright and the FNSB community have been awarded the MCEC 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

    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

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    Georgia Sandgren
    Military Student Support Coordinator
    georgia.sandgren@k12northstar.org
    520 5th Avenue
    Teaching & Learning
    Fairbanks, AK 99701
    (907) 452-2000 x11340

Military Student Support