The Kobuk School is located 60 miles above the Arctic Circle, approximately 150 miles east of the village of Kotzebue along the beautiful Kobuk River in the shadow of the Brooks Range. The nearest village to Kobuk is Shungnak, 10 miles to the west. Kobuk is surrounded by a vast expanse of tundra and forests.
Our school student usually fluctuates between 45 and 55 students. We have pre-kindergarten to high school students. Kobuk has six certified teachers, all teaching multiple grade levels and subjects.
The village of Kobuk has a population of approximately 191 people. Presently there are four small general merchandise stores, a small medical clinic (Maniilaq), a city hall and a tribal council building. Kobuk is serviced by one passenger and a freight flight companies, Bering Air and Ryan Air. Larger freight is delivered by Ryan Air or by Crowley barges. The United States Postal Service has an office that is open on a regular basis currently.
There are numerous recreational and hunting opportunities in the region. A 15-mile service road leading to the "Bornite Mine" provides ample avenues for hiking, bicycling, snow machining, cross-country skiing, and hunting (hunting license needed) - all depending on the season. The Kobuk River is a world-class fishery a provides a good stock of sheefish, whitefish, pike, grayling, burbot, and chum salmon for anglers. The river is a dream destination for many rafters who are flown up the river and float down to the mouth of the river.
Kobuk, by far, has to be one of the most beautiful places in Alaska.
The NWABSD is communicating closely with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and with the Maniilaq Association to develop and refine our preparedness plans. In the event of a suspected or confirmed case in the region, we will follow the state and CDC guidance to take steps to keep our students, staff, and community safe and slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).