Welcome to Chief Paul Memorial School of Kipnuk, Alaska. Kipnuk nestles near the Kugkaktlik River in the mid-coast region of the Lower Kuskokwim Delta. The name Kipnuk (Qipneq) means a "bend in the river," referring to where the village is situated.

Our community lives according to the traditions and rhythms of its native Yup'ik heritage. Residents practice subsistence hunting, fishing, and gathering. According to the 2014 census, our population was 626.

Our school of approximately 205 students is served by two highly qualified certified administrators, 15 certified teachers, three associate teachers of Yugtun, 12 instructional aides, and 15 classified employees. From our 100% graduation rate, to our high-flying Falcons basketball team, we celebrate student achievement both inside and outside the classroom. Our mascot is the falcon, and our colors are royal blue and white. 

The staff and administration of Chief Paul Memorial School dedicate themselves to providing Kipnuk with a safe and nurturing learning environment in which committed faculty and staff educate the "whole child." Our work at Chief Paul Memorial School promotes instruction in the native Yup'ik language of Yugtun, adherence to traditional Yup'ik values, and prepares students to take their places as leaders of the 21st century.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Sept. 9, 2-4 pm: K-12 Open House/Title I Meeting
All parents and Guardians of K-12 are welcome.

Our Mission Statement

The mission of Chief Paul Memorial School is to provide education of the highest quality that motivates all students to excel, meet their individual needs and prepare them for the future.


LaDorothy Lightfoot
Principal LaDorothy Lightfoot
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