Palmer High School

Summary:

Palmer High School is a public high school located in Palmer, Alaska, serving grades 9-12 with a total enrollment of 760 students. It is part of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, which is ranked 8th out of 24 districts in Alaska and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Palmer High School has a relatively diverse student population, with 68.16% White, 8.03% Hispanic, 9.47% Native American, and 12.63% two or more races. Academically, the school's performance is generally on par or slightly below the district and state averages, with proficiency rates in Science, English Language Arts, and Mathematics within a few percentage points of the averages. The school has a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (33.29%) compared to some nearby schools like Burchell High School (60.1%) and Mat-Su Youth Facility (23.08%). However, Palmer High School has a slightly higher student-teacher ratio of 18:1 compared to nearby schools like Burchell High School (16:1) and Mat-Su Career & Technical Educational High School (17.5:1).

Palmer High School's statewide ranking has fluctuated over the years, suggesting that its performance may be influenced by various factors. The school's performance for specific student subgroups, such as Native American students and military-connected students, has been relatively strong compared to other schools in the state. Interestingly, Mat-Su Career & Technical Educational High School consistently outperforms Palmer High School in various academic metrics, despite Palmer High School's higher spending per student ($16,102 in 2018-2019) compared to nearby schools like Wasilla High School ($14,988) and Mat-Su Career & Technical Educational High School ($12,208).


Detail:

Public 9-12

 1170 W Bogard Rd
       Palmer, AK  99645


(907) 746-8400

District: Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
32nd of 62 Alaska High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,102 Help


Feeder schools for Palmer High School:

Elementary:    Butte Elementary
    Sherrod Elementary
    Sutton Elementary
    Swanson Elementary
Middle:    Palmer Middle School

Student/teacher ratio:  18.0 Help
Number of students:  760

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.2%
Two or more races:
12.6%
American Indian:
9.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  33.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Palmer High School ranks worse than 51.6% of high schools in Alaska. It also ranks 5th among 8 ranked high schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 45.86. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (68.2%), two or more races (12.6%), American Indian (9.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 33.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palmer High School is 18. 6 high schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Palmer High School is $16,102. 5 high schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Palmer High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Palmer High School 32nd of 62 Alaska public high schools. (See Palmer High School in the ranking list.)

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Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District 8th of 24 Alaska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Palmer High School

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Rank History for all students at Palmer High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 62.60 54th 116 53.4%
2006 79.40 22nd 135 83.7%
2007 82.45 17th 139 87.8%
2008 85.30 10th 151 93.4%
2009 77.16 29th 151 80.8%
2010 74.85 26th 140 81.4%
2011 80.36 21st 142 85.2%
2012 86.30 8th 136 94.1%
2013 70.98 41st 148 72.3%
2014 84.98 11th 139 92.1%
2015 71.21 33rd 135 75.6%
2017 51.03 40th 83 51.8%
2018 54.38 35th 74 52.7%
2019 45.76 43rd 77 44.2%
2021 36.46 36th 61 41.0%
2022 48.68 28th 62 54.8%
2023 45.86 32nd 62 48.4%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Palmer High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 36.65 12th 21 42.9%
2023 51.19 12th 23 47.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Palmer High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 41.96 31st 55 43.6%
2021 34.51 24th 37 35.1%
2022 34.39 19th 34 44.1%
2023 48.69 20th 42 52.4%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Palmer High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 47.51 4th 10 60.0%
2023 85.62 1st 16 93.8%
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Rank History for Female students at Palmer High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 45.22 32nd 54 40.7%
2021 29.78 28th 37 24.3%
2022 48.47 20th 43 53.5%
2023 39.19 33rd 54 38.9%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Palmer High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 45.08 10th 16 37.5%
2022 73.30 3rd 14 78.6%
2023 36.86 8th 12 33.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Palmer High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 44.49 36th 58 37.9%
2021 37.42 27th 42 35.7%
2022 45.27 23rd 46 50.0%
2023 42.13 27th 47 42.6%
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Rank History for Native American students at Palmer High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 39.33 21st 31 32.3%
2023 57.96 7th 20 65.0%
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Rank History for White students at Palmer High School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 42.41 38th 56 32.1%
2021 30.05 32nd 43 25.6%
2022 43.48 26th 47 44.7%
2023 33.68 34th 47 27.7%
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Data source: test scores: Alaska Department of Education and Early Developmenr, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

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Data source: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

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Enrollment information for Palmer High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 746 11 10 8 53 n/a n/a 0 828
1990 751 10 10 7 53 n/a n/a 0 831
1991 816 6 11 7 57 n/a n/a 0 897
1992 707 15 8 7 42 n/a n/a 0 779
1993 707 16 6 11 51 n/a n/a 0 791
1994 663 16 6 10 33 n/a n/a 0 728
1995 761 7 6 8 50 n/a n/a 0 832
1996 761 7 6 8 50 n/a n/a 0 832
1997 781 7 7 13 53 n/a n/a 0 861
1998 848 5 11 8 61 n/a n/a 0 933
1999 894 5 10 14 66 n/a n/a 0 989
2000 891 7 11 13 55 n/a n/a 0 977
2001 826 8 7 12 60 n/a n/a 0 913
2002 828 12 14 15 86 n/a n/a 0 955
2003 828 12 14 15 86 n/a n/a 0 955
2004 753 16 11 15 89 n/a n/a 0 884
2005 779 20 18 15 82 n/a n/a 0 914
2006 766 20 20 14 97 n/a n/a 0 917
2007 810 22 17 26 106 n/a n/a 0 981
2008 725 24 21 19 93 n/a n/a 21 903
2009 741 16 19 14 94 2 16 0 902
2010 653 11 12 16 88 5 13 0 798
2011 598 19 27 6 112 11 1 0 774
2012 630 15 23 23 105 9 0 0 805
2013 574 15 25 27 111 11 0 0 763
2014 596 21 22 19 126 10 0 0 794
2015 579 18 28 16 117 7 0 0 765
2016 582 12 20 15 127 10 27 0 793
2017 580 15 17 24 135 9 29 0 809
2018 538 14 15 26 133 14 25 0 765
2019 530 11 11 26 128 12 32 0 750
2020 493 6 9 58 99 12 82 0 759
2021 456 6 6 59 80 10 82 0 699
2022 527 6 12 65 88 5 82 0 785
2023 518 3 5 61 72 5 96 0 760

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Palmer High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 828 40.5 20.4 7
1990 831 44.5 18.6 6.7
1991 897 48.0 18.6 6.5
1992 779 48.0 16.2 15.9
1993 791 48.0 16.5 15.7
1994 728 48.0 15.2 17
1995 832 49.5 16.8 16.6
1996 832 49.5 16.8 16.6
1997 861 49.5 17.4 12.7
1998 933 48.5 19.2 16.4
1999 989 44.8 22.1 16.6
2000 977 45.8 21.3 14
2001 913 46.0 19.8 14.6
2002 955 46.5 20.5 15.3
2003 955 46.5 20.5 15.3
2004 884 45.0 19.6 17.6
2005 914 40.9 22.3 17.8
2006 917 45.3 20.2 20.4
2007 981 48.9 20.1 23.3
2008 903 45.2 20.0 23
2009 902 48.5 18.6 20.5
2010 798 46.0 17.3 22.8
2011 774 45.0 17.2 24.8
2012 805 42.9 18.7 26.6
2013 763 32.5 23.4 30.4
2014 794 37.9 20.9 30.2
2015 765 36.0 21.2 27.1
2016 793 40.0 19.8 28.1
2017 809 42.1 19.2 33.5
2018 765 42.0 18.2 31.1
2019 750 41.0 18.2 39.5
2020 759 41.7 18.1 33.9
2021 699 43.4 16.0 n/a
2022 785 42.9 18.2 n/a
2023 760 42.0 18.0 33.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Palmer High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 828 40.5 20.4 7
1990 831 44.5 18.6 6.7
1991 897 48.0 18.6 6.5
1992 779 48.0 16.2 15.9
1993 791 48.0 16.5 15.7
1994 728 48.0 15.2 17
1995 832 49.5 16.8 16.6
1996 832 49.5 16.8 16.6
1997 861 49.5 17.4 12.7
1998 933 48.5 19.2 16.4
1999 989 44.8 22.1 16.6
2000 977 45.8 21.3 14
2001 913 46.0 19.8 14.6
2002 955 46.5 20.5 15.3
2003 955 46.5 20.5 15.3
2004 884 45.0 19.6 17.6
2005 914 40.9 22.3 17.8
2006 917 45.3 20.2 20.4
2007 981 48.9 20.1 23.3
2008 903 45.2 20.0 23
2009 902 48.5 18.6 20.5
2010 798 46.0 17.3 22.8
2011 774 45.0 17.2 24.8
2012 805 42.9 18.7 26.6
2013 763 32.5 23.4 30.4
2014 794 37.9 20.9 30.2
2015 765 36.0 21.2 27.1
2016 793 40.0 19.8 28.1
2017 809 42.1 19.2 33.5
2018 765 42.0 18.2 31.1
2019 750 41.0 18.2 39.5
2020 759 41.7 18.1 33.9
2021 699 43.4 16.0 n/a
2022 785 42.9 18.2 n/a
2023 760 42.0 18.0 33.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Palmer High School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $824 (5.1%) $15,278 (94.9%) $16,102

Data source: Alaska Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Palmer High School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 43rd of 77 High schoolsRanks 32nd of 62 High schools
 4.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
10th Grade Science (Palmer High School)67.536.1
 31.5%
   10th Grade Science (Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District)59.539.7
 19.8%
   10th Grade Science (Alaska)53.633
 20.6%
All Grades Science (Palmer High School)67.536.1
 31.5%
   All Grades Science (Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District)5146.5
 4.5%
   All Grades Science (Alaska)44.736.9
 7.7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students750760
 1.3%
African American113
 72.7%
American Indian12872
 43.8%
Asian115
 54.5%
Hispanic2661
 134.6%
Pacific Islander125
 58.3%
White530518
 2.3%
Two or More Races3296
 200%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients39.5%33.3%
 6.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Palmer High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 760 students attended Palmer High School.

Palmer High School is fed by the following schools:

Elementary : Butte Elementary
Elementary : Sherrod Elementary
Elementary : Sutton Elementary
Elementary : Swanson Elementary
Middle : Palmer Middle School

Palmer High School ranks 32nd of 62 Alaska high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Palmer High School are 68% White, 13% Two or more races, 9% American Indian, 8% Hispanic.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Developmenr.

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