Welcome to Akula Elitnaurvik (Akula School), in Kasigluk, Alaska. We are located on the Johnson River about 25 miles due West of Bethel, Alaska, and about 60 miles inland from the Bering Sea. Our community values the traditional Yup'ik way of life (Yuuyaraq) which includes subsistence, Yup'ik dance, feasts, and community.

Our village has a grocery store, hardware store, post office, clinic, Traditional Center, and police station, all located on the Akula side. Some people live on the Akiuk side (the original village) and some people live on the Akula side. According to the 2020 census, our population is about 550 people. 

Our PK-12 school of approximately 115 students is served by 23 staff members which include 12 native and non-native teachers. We focus on Dual Language instruction in kindergarten through 5th grade to ensure that the Yup'ik language is preserved.

Our school mascot is the tundra fox and we enjoy many after-school activities including cross country, basketball, NYO (Native Youth Olympics), and mixed-6 volleyball. Academic clubs include robotics/STEM, speech, science club and reading club. 

Our focus is EVERY CHILD ~ EVERY DAY. We use this to remind us that the most important people we serve are in our classrooms. Through this approach we support the entire community. 

Our motto is: 
Strong Community, Strong Students, Strong School
Pinilria Nunacuar, Pinilriit Elitnaurat, Pinilria Elitnaurvik

From our Site Administrator

Ms. Cowley

My name is Natalie Cowley and I am excited to be the Akula Elitnaurvik Site Administrator this year. I started my career with LKSD as a Middle School Teacher at Akiuk Memorial School for six years. I then was the dean at Chief Paul Memorial School for 1 year and the Site Administrator at Kwigillingok for 2 years.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and master’s degrees in Computer Assisted Language learning for Applied Linguistics and Educational leadership.

Throughout my career I have focused on how to create safe learning environments that are culturally responsive and academically rigorous. I look forward to working with the students and families in Kasigluk next year!

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Lower Kuskokwim School District is to ensure bilingual, culturally appropriate, and effective education for all students, thereby providing them with the opportunity to be responsible and productive citizens.
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