Students living on Eielson or in the Moose Creek and Salcha communities can attend on-base schools. Kindergartners through second-grade students attend Anderson Elementary School, and third- through sixth-grade students attend Crawford Elementary School. Junior and senior high students compose seventh through 12th grade and attend Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School. More than 570 elementary and 390 secondary students attend the on-base schools.
Students living off base attend school in their attendance area. Bus transportation is provided for all children within the area who live at least 1.5 miles from school. If a military family decides to live off base, parents may request that their children attend school on base. Permission may be granted provided classroom space is available and parents provide transportation.
Kindergarten children can attend school if they are 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, and first grade if they are 6 years old on or before Sept. 1 or attended a kindergarten in a public school in another state and were of legal age in that state. Alaska state law requires proof of immunization before any student is admitted into a public school. Students entering kindergarten or first grade must provide a copy of their birth certificate or other proof of age.
State of Alaska law and school district policy govern all schools in the area.
Thus, programs and services are similar from school to school. Extracurricular and cocurricular activities, such as athletics, band, orchestra, etc., are provided within budget limitations. Senior high students are offered college preparatory courses, as well as vocational-technical education classes. Special education is provided for exceptional children as well as for children with learning disabilities, physical handicaps and other special needs. The school board sets policies and budgets during monthly meetings at the school district administrative center in Fairbanks. The base school board representative is the 354th Mission Support Group commander. In addition, most schools have parent-teacher associations that welcome parent input and involvement.
For more information, contact the School Liaison Officer at 907-377-4795 or visit the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District website at www.northstar.k12.ak.us.
Eielson City Center
The Eielson City Center, located in Building 3310 next to the Base Theater, is a hub for individual and family entertainment that incorporates an “Alaska nature theme” throughout. It houses the community center, library and Family Child Care office.
The Community Center is on the main floor of the Eielson City Center and offers a state-of-the-art audio/ video editing room, music room, multipurpose room and conference room. The main hall is Wi-Fi equipped and features an 1,800-square-foot jungle gym and fitness equipment. The service desk is just inside the main hall door adjacent to a soft-seating area. Two high-tech golf simulators, pool tables, tableside seating and an open instructional area complete the front portion of the main hall. The rear portion boasts an extensive jungle gym with slides, tunnels and steps. Additionally, the area includes a toddler play area, exercise equipment and two party rooms with tables, chairs, refrigerators and microwaves; the party rooms open directly into the play area. The center also offers driver’s education classes and conducts numerous Airman and family activities year-round, including gaming nights and holiday events. Call 907-377-2642 or 907-377-3212 for more information or reservations.
The library is in the basement of the Eielson City Center, below the Community Center, and offers quiet study retreats for Airmen, comfortable furniture, a functional layout and a user-friendly bookstore display system. The library serves the Eielson community with adult and children’s programs, online databases, testing information, computer use, new DVD releases, New York Times best-sellers and overall great customer service: “Raven to Serve You” is its motto. For additional information, current programs and hours of operation, call 907-377-3174, or visit www.eielsonforcesupport.com.
Selected by the National Boys & Girls Clubs as an Honor Award winner in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010 and as PACAF Youth Program of the Year for 2006, 2007 and 2010, as well as for Nickelodeon’s Halo Award in 2012, the youth center provides diverse programs for youths ages 5 to 18. The center sponsors many fitness and athletic activities, including Fit Factor, soccer, baseball, softball, T-ball, flag football, archery, paintball, cheerleading and basketball. Instructional programs include taekwondo, dance, acrobatics, piano and guitar. Through collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs and 4-H, the center is able to offer inventive programming. The youth center includes a snack bar open for lunch each day during the school year. High school students can have lunch in the lounge area (complete with music) or play a game of basketball in the gym. The center is also home to Teen Break, where teens can enjoy dance, Dance Revolution, video games and karaoke, or use computers. A separate Teen Break facility, behind the bowling center in Building 3300 (407 Broadway St.), is open on Friday nights with special events planned weekly. The youth center is in Building 5313 (714 Ravens Way), next door to Crawford Elementary School and across the street from Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School. Call 907-377-3194 or 907-377-3034 for more information.
The School Age Program is nationally accredited through the National Afterschool Association. Care is provided before and after school for youths in kindergarten through sixth grade, and full time during winter and spring breaks. Full-time summer camps available during summer break are specialty camps utilizing many of Alaska’s great resources. Daily activities include swimming, hiking, fishing, field trips, activities, sports, arts and crafts and much more. Boys & Girls Club and 4-H activities are ongoing year-round. The Boys & Girls Club program Power Hour offers youths homework assistance during the school year. Numerous family activities are offered throughout the year, and youths are encouraged to support their local community through ongoing community activities. The School Age Program is in Building 3303 (2572 Central Ave.), next to the commissary. For more information, please contact 907-377-5437(KIDS).
Child Development Center (CDC)
The CDC is a modern facility in Building 5182 (2449 French Creek Road). The center is a nationally accredited early childhood program that offers developmental child care. The CDC offers a safe environment with a trained and nurturing professional staff. The center is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and accepts children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Reservations for drop-in care are made on a first-come, first-served basis, depending upon space availability. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided at no extra charge. Fees are on a sliding scale based on current-year family income. Except for the respite care program and special openings, the center is closed Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays. Call 907-377-3237 for more information.
Family Child Care (FCC)
The FCC program offers parents an alternative to the base Child Development Center and includes care for families who need full-time, part-time, hourly, evening and weekend care. The FCC program provides resources and referrals to families seeking child care arrangements. Eielson has provided certified FCC homes for parents working shifts, children with special needs, infant care, children who are susceptible to illness and youths who feel more comfortable in smaller groups. A Family Child Care home offers an environment with lower child-to-adult ratios. The program trains, licenses and inspects Family Child Care homes to ensure that care quality complies with Air Force standards. All providers establish their own fees. The FCC program also coordinates special family child care services, including extended-duty care, PCS care, returning-home care and subsidy care. Visit the Family Child Care office in Building 3310 of the Eielson City Center, or call 907-377-3635.