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“McNeil Canyon School has been a vibrant part of our lives for many years. The McNeil Community has done much to nurture creativity, a love of learning, a sense of belonging and accomplishment in our children and grandchildren.” – Molly and Derek Stonorov

“I have fond memories of my 7 years as a McNeil Canyon Dragon. It was a nurturing environment that encouraged ideas and creativity to flourish. The teachers really cared about me as an individual and guided me to unique opportunites. I hope to send my boys to McNeil.” – Katie Koester

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Pete Swanson


I am really looking forward to getting our students and families back into school. We are going to have a great school year and we are glad that you are going to be here.

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We are a K-6 School

McNeil Canyon Elementary School, located 12 miles east of Homer, Alaska, was constructed in 1983. Homer is located on the north shore of Kachemak Bay on the southwestern Kenai Peninsula, at the southern most point of the Sterling Highway. The facility was originally built to house 225 students and currently serves 122 students in grades K-6. McNeil Canyon Elementary has a reputation for having an innovative approach to education with a particular emphasis in the Arts. With strong community support and very capable and experienced staff, McNeil Canyon Elementary students perform at some of the highest academic levels in the state, both individually and collectively. In fact, McNeil Canyon Elementary was chosen as a 2004 National No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School. McNeil Canyon also has the distinction of having a population of Russian Old Believer students, about 25% of the enrollment. The relatively high altitude, 1350 feet, of the school site provides lots of snow and ice so students are able to skate and ski for almost half of the school year.

52188 East End Rd
Homer, AK 99603
P: 907.235.8181
F: 907.235.8183

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in a Small School Setting