About Us

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Gruening Middle’s staff and students strive to be responsible and cooperative members of a community where achievement is valued along with hard work and civic engagement. Our core values are community, achievement, responsibility, working hard and cooperation.


Performance assessments and surveys

Several reports and data that assess this school's performance, goals, student issues, community input and more can be found on the performance assessments and surveys page.

Apply to attend

Students who do not reside within this school's neighborhood boundary and those who do not currently attend the school need to apply through the school lottery or zone exemption system using the link below.

Bobby Jefts

(907) 742-3600


It is with honor that I begin my 10th year as the principal of Gruening Middle School. I am originally from the state of Georgia. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in political science from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee; a Bachelor of Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

I am married with two grown sons, one who is an attorney in San Francisco, California, and the other who is an artist involve in the theater in New York City.

My hobbies include reading, long distance running (including several marathons years ago), skiing (both cross country skiing and downhill skiing), listening to music (anything from rock and roll, blues, jazz, and bluegrass), and traveling. I am also an avid college football fan, primarily South Eastern Conference College football. My team is the Georgia Bulldogs (GO DAWGS!)

Again, it is with great pleasure that I serve Gruening Middle School as its principal.