Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat, “The Little Children’s School” – usually referred to as “M.E.” – is a primary school serving Bethel children in preschool, kindergarten, first and second grades. In addition to the regular course of study delivered by a highly professional staff of teachers, M.E. provides educational specialists in language/literacy, physical education/music, Yup’ik language/culture, library services, social work/counseling, and special needs resources.
M.E. is staffed by a Principal, Dean of Students, 18 teachers, a library aide, a school social worker/counselor, 4 classroom teacher aides, a site technology specialist, and maintenance, custodial, food service, and secretarial staff. Additional program and personnel support is provided as needed by district office departments and specialists. The school’s student population is approximately 240 children.