Sherrod Elementary

Summary:

Sherrod Elementary is a public elementary school in Palmer, Alaska, serving 395 students from kindergarten to 5th grade as part of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, which is ranked 8th out of 24 districts in the state.

Sherrod Elementary consistently outperforms the state and district averages on academic assessments, with 56.92% of students proficient or better in science, 41.1% in English Language Arts, and 43.65% in mathematics, compared to the district's 46.54%, 36.84%, and 40.53%, respectively. The school has maintained a 3- or 4-star rating from SchoolDigger and has ranked as high as 33rd out of 218 Alaska elementary schools. Sherrod's performance is particularly strong for Hispanic and Native American students, ranking 6th and 11th in the state, respectively, though it struggles with special education and migrant student populations.

While Sherrod Elementary's academic performance is generally on par with or slightly better than nearby schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, such as Fred and Sara Machetanz Elementary and Cottonwood Creek Elementary, the nearby charter schools, like Fronteras Charter School and Academy Charter School, consistently outperform Sherrod in academic assessments and statewide rankings. Despite having a relatively high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, Sherrod Elementary has been able to maintain its strong academic performance.


Detail:

Public K-5

 561 N Gulkana St
       Palmer, AK  99645


(907) 761-4100

District: Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
60th of 176 Alaska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $15,066 Help


Students who attend Sherrod Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Palmer Middle School
High:    Palmer High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.9 Help
Number of students:  395

Racial breakdown:

White:
61.0%
Two or more races:
20.8%
Hispanic:
8.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  50.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sherrod Elementary ranks better than 65.9% of elementary schools in Alaska. It also ranks 14th among 22 ranked elementary schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 61.96. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (61%), two or more races (20.8%), Hispanic (8.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 50.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sherrod Elementary is 17.9. 19 elementary 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 Sherrod Elementary is $15,066. 16 elementary schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Sherrod Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Sherrod Elementary 60th of 176 Alaska public elementary schools. (See Sherrod Elementary 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 Sherrod Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Sherrod Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 74.47 43rd 213 79.8%
2006 74.25 52nd 218 76.1%
2007 74.38 51st 212 75.9%
2008 76.43 37th 219 83.1%
2009 81.45 26th 226 88.5%
2010 80.17 31st 229 86.5%
2011 77.16 39th 223 82.5%
2012 75.42 46th 227 79.7%
2013 78.24 37th 223 83.4%
2014 78.75 33rd 218 84.9%
2015 54.88 100th 246 59.3%
2017 69.30 43rd 180 76.1%
2018 65.59 59th 186 68.3%
2019 53.93 84th 185 54.6%
2021 65.77 60th 173 65.3%
2022 50.37 81st 171 52.6%
2023 61.96 60th 176 65.9%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Sherrod Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 62.32 16th 73 78.1%
2021 48.32 23rd 45 48.9%
2022 25.35 52nd 58 10.3%
2023 46.65 36th 74 51.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Sherrod Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 17.03 24th 26 7.7%
2021 17.95 9th 10 10.0%
2022 12.74 13th 14 7.1%
2023 16.12 16th 16 0.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Sherrod Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 60.51 54th 147 63.3%
2021 65.00 34th 110 69.1%
2022 41.66 57th 104 45.2%
2023 67.97 33rd 119 72.3%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Sherrod Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 78.02 2nd 24 91.7%
2021 67.20 2nd 10 80.0%
2022 24.64 13th 15 13.3%
2023 30.80 26th 30 13.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Sherrod Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 53.77 81st 159 49.1%
2021 61.46 48th 141 66.0%
2022 48.22 66th 143 53.8%
2023 63.72 49th 152 67.8%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Sherrod Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 24.97 25th 27 7.4%
2021 58.72 11th 20 45.0%
2022 57.27 10th 22 54.5%
2023 61.34 7th 22 68.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Sherrod Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 52.27 74th 159 53.5%
2021 62.23 47th 142 66.9%
2022 41.99 83rd 148 43.9%
2023 53.43 64th 148 56.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Sherrod Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 69.84 6th 26 76.9%
2023 72.82 6th 28 78.6%
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Rank History for Native American students at Sherrod Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 62.98 22nd 50 56.0%
2023 53.61 11th 23 52.2%
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Rank History for White students at Sherrod Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 37.55 96th 147 34.7%
2021 58.64 45th 127 64.6%
2022 34.95 97th 137 29.2%
2023 44.56 81st 138 41.3%
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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 Sherrod Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 426 8 3 9 19 n/a n/a 0 465
1990 452 7 3 11 34 n/a n/a 0 507
1991 357 1 2 3 27 n/a n/a 0 390
1992 362 2 1 4 31 n/a n/a -15 385
1993 400 3 1 5 28 n/a n/a 0 437
1994 399 6 2 7 31 n/a n/a 0 445
1995 368 3 7 6 34 n/a n/a 5 423
1996 368 3 7 6 34 n/a n/a 5 423
1997 383 6 9 8 31 n/a n/a 0 437
1998 375 7 8 3 34 n/a n/a 0 427
1999 414 9 7 3 34 n/a n/a 0 467
2000 415 10 5 5 37 n/a n/a 0 472
2001 425 9 3 7 47 n/a n/a 0 491
2002 370 6 5 6 53 n/a n/a 0 440
2003 370 6 5 6 53 n/a n/a 0 440
2004 355 6 3 10 48 n/a n/a 0 422
2005 362 5 6 12 35 n/a n/a 0 420
2006 383 5 7 7 43 n/a n/a 0 445
2007 347 6 4 9 48 n/a n/a 0 414
2008 324 5 3 11 41 n/a n/a 15 399
2009 319 4 5 12 40 3 25 0 408
2010 327 10 3 14 43 1 26 0 424
2011 350 16 5 12 59 4 14 0 460
2012 331 17 7 11 82 2 0 0 450
2013 314 12 12 18 89 7 0 0 452
2014 293 11 16 18 92 6 0 0 436
2015 298 15 13 16 103 9 0 0 454
2016 283 15 11 13 85 6 31 0 444
2017 286 7 8 7 93 4 22 0 427
2018 298 5 10 11 79 9 25 0 437
2019 291 3 4 6 75 7 32 0 418
2020 285 0 5 29 53 10 70 0 452
2021 236 1 2 24 31 6 67 0 367
2022 235 2 1 27 33 5 70 0 373
2023 241 3 6 32 28 3 82 0 395

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 Sherrod Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 465 24.0 19.3 16.1
1990 507 25.0 20.2 15.4
1991 390 22.5 17.3 19.5
1992 385 22.5 17.1 17.4
1993 437 22.5 19.4 15.3
1994 445 22.5 19.8 15.1
1995 423 22.5 18.8 27
1996 423 22.5 18.8 27
1997 437 22.5 19.4 28.8
1998 427 23.0 18.6 37.2
1999 467 24.0 19.5 37
2000 472 26.0 18.2 33.9
2001 491 26.0 18.9 37.3
2002 440 23.0 19.1 32.3
2003 440 23.0 19.1 32.3
2004 422 22.0 19.2 32.2
2005 420 21.0 20.0 34.8
2006 445 25.0 17.8 34.8
2007 414 23.1 17.9 34.1
2008 399 23.0 17.3 39.6
2009 408 24.5 16.7 36.3
2010 424 23.0 18.4 37.3
2011 460 26.0 17.6 33
2012 450 22.9 19.5 35.1
2013 452 24.7 18.2 36.9
2014 436 23.9 18.1 39.4
2015 454 23.0 19.7 41.6
2016 444 26.0 17.0 40.1
2017 427 24.0 17.7 48
2018 437 25.5 17.1 45.1
2019 418 24.3 17.1 50.2
2020 452 21.6 20.8 50.2
2021 367 27.0 13.5 n/a
2022 373 24.0 15.5 n/a
2023 395 22.0 17.9 50.9

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 Sherrod Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 465 24.0 19.3 16.1
1990 507 25.0 20.2 15.4
1991 390 22.5 17.3 19.5
1992 385 22.5 17.1 17.4
1993 437 22.5 19.4 15.3
1994 445 22.5 19.8 15.1
1995 423 22.5 18.8 27
1996 423 22.5 18.8 27
1997 437 22.5 19.4 28.8
1998 427 23.0 18.6 37.2
1999 467 24.0 19.5 37
2000 472 26.0 18.2 33.9
2001 491 26.0 18.9 37.3
2002 440 23.0 19.1 32.3
2003 440 23.0 19.1 32.3
2004 422 22.0 19.2 32.2
2005 420 21.0 20.0 34.8
2006 445 25.0 17.8 34.8
2007 414 23.1 17.9 34.1
2008 399 23.0 17.3 39.6
2009 408 24.5 16.7 36.3
2010 424 23.0 18.4 37.3
2011 460 26.0 17.6 33
2012 450 22.9 19.5 35.1
2013 452 24.7 18.2 36.9
2014 436 23.9 18.1 39.4
2015 454 23.0 19.7 41.6
2016 444 26.0 17.0 40.1
2017 427 24.0 17.7 48
2018 437 25.5 17.1 45.1
2019 418 24.3 17.1 50.2
2020 452 21.6 20.8 50.2
2021 367 27.0 13.5 n/a
2022 373 24.0 15.5 n/a
2023 395 22.0 17.9 50.9

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 Sherrod Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,445 (9.6%) $13,621 (90.4%) $15,066

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Sherrod Elementary

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 84th of 185 Elementary schoolsRanks 60th of 176 Elementary schools
 11.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
All Grades Science (Sherrod Elementary)40.756.9
 16.2%
   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 Students418395
 5.5%
African American33
American Indian7528
 62.7%
Asian46
 50%
Hispanic632
 433.3%
Pacific Islander73
 57.1%
White291241
 17.2%
Two or More Races3282
 156.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients50.2%50.9%
 0.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Sherrod Elementary

Sherrod Elementary ranks 60th of 176 Alaska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students at Sherrod Elementary are 61% White, 21% Two or more races, 8% Hispanic, 7% American Indian, 2% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 395 students attended Sherrod Elementary.

Students who attend Sherrod Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Palmer Middle School
High : Palmer High School


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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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