Swanson Elementary

Public PK, KG-2

 507 N Gulkana
       Palmer, AK  99645


(907) 861-5300

District: Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,003 Help


Students who attend Swanson Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Palmer Middle School
High:    Palmer High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.6 Help
Number of students:  406

Racial breakdown:

White:
65.5%
Two or more races:
16.5%
American Indian:
9.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  45.1% Help


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Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (65.5%), two or more races (16.5%), American Indian (9.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 45.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Swanson Elementary is 17.6. 17 elementary schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Swanson Elementary is $14,003. 22 elementary schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Swanson Elementary was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

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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by a parent
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Open Quote Way too much hitting goes on in Kindergarten, everyday my child comes home with some problem of a kid hitting. I will do everything in my power to find my child a private school being it the child has learned very little other than being hit at this school Close Quote



Enrollment information for Swanson Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 305 0 0 8 20 n/a n/a -3 330
1990 355 1 0 8 28 n/a n/a 0 392
1991 353 3 1 7 37 n/a n/a 0 401
1992 365 1 5 5 42 n/a n/a 0 418
1993 328 3 4 3 28 n/a n/a 0 366
1994 363 9 8 4 29 n/a n/a 0 413
1995 355 7 6 5 28 n/a n/a 5 406
1996 355 7 6 5 28 n/a n/a 5 406
1997 392 7 3 5 35 n/a n/a 0 442
1998 229 3 1 4 11 n/a n/a 0 248
1999 365 5 3 9 34 n/a n/a 0 416
2000 331 2 3 6 46 n/a n/a 0 388
2001 345 3 2 7 44 n/a n/a 0 401
2002 344 4 1 11 47 n/a n/a 0 407
2003 344 4 1 11 47 n/a n/a 0 407
2004 323 5 6 8 44 n/a n/a 0 386
2005 364 2 3 14 46 n/a n/a 0 429
2006 370 3 4 13 50 n/a n/a 0 440
2007 388 12 2 16 35 n/a n/a 0 453
2008 363 9 3 16 41 n/a n/a 26 458
2009 342 12 3 13 42 2 21 0 435
2010 367 7 3 13 41 1 21 0 453
2011 371 6 4 7 50 5 22 0 465
2012 332 18 13 14 91 7 1 0 476
2013 330 12 13 13 97 12 0 0 477
2014 295 10 15 19 100 10 0 0 449
2015 291 10 14 15 88 15 0 0 433
2016 306 4 5 11 68 7 38 0 439
2017 317 5 3 9 78 13 40 0 465
2018 323 9 4 7 97 15 33 0 488
2019 299 7 5 12 70 17 35 0 445
2020 282 2 3 33 44 13 77 0 454
2021 205 2 4 14 35 8 76 0 344
2022 243 2 5 25 39 2 81 0 397
2023 266 1 0 33 38 1 67 0 406

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 Swanson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 330 19.0 17.3 16.4
1990 392 19.0 20.6 11.7
1991 401 18.0 22.2 14.5
1992 418 18.0 23.2 17.9
1993 366 18.0 20.3 20.5
1994 413 18.0 22.9 18.2
1995 406 20.0 20.3 25.7
1996 406 20.0 20.3 25.7
1997 442 20.0 22.1 25.8
1998 248 26.0 9.5 71
1999 416 26.0 16.0 35.3
2000 388 23.0 16.9 37.9
2001 401 24.0 16.7 37.9
2002 407 25.0 16.3 29
2003 407 25.0 16.3 29
2004 386 24.5 15.8 29.5
2005 429 24.0 17.9 31.9
2006 440 29.0 15.2 33.2
2007 453 27.1 16.7 38.9
2008 458 27.8 16.5 35.2
2009 435 29.0 15.0 37
2010 453 29.0 15.6 33.6
2011 465 28.0 16.6 34.4
2012 476 24.9 19.0 38.2
2013 477 21.2 22.4 40.5
2014 449 25.6 17.4 44.3
2015 433 26.0 16.6 46.7
2016 439 27.0 16.2 41
2017 465 24.0 19.3 43.2
2018 488 26.5 18.4 41.2
2019 445 27.8 16.0 53.5
2020 454 27.1 16.7 48
2021 344 25.7 13.3 n/a
2022 397 24.8 15.9 n/a
2023 406 23.0 17.6 45.1

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 Swanson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 330 19.0 17.3 16.4
1990 392 19.0 20.6 11.7
1991 401 18.0 22.2 14.5
1992 418 18.0 23.2 17.9
1993 366 18.0 20.3 20.5
1994 413 18.0 22.9 18.2
1995 406 20.0 20.3 25.7
1996 406 20.0 20.3 25.7
1997 442 20.0 22.1 25.8
1998 248 26.0 9.5 71
1999 416 26.0 16.0 35.3
2000 388 23.0 16.9 37.9
2001 401 24.0 16.7 37.9
2002 407 25.0 16.3 29
2003 407 25.0 16.3 29
2004 386 24.5 15.8 29.5
2005 429 24.0 17.9 31.9
2006 440 29.0 15.2 33.2
2007 453 27.1 16.7 38.9
2008 458 27.8 16.5 35.2
2009 435 29.0 15.0 37
2010 453 29.0 15.6 33.6
2011 465 28.0 16.6 34.4
2012 476 24.9 19.0 38.2
2013 477 21.2 22.4 40.5
2014 449 25.6 17.4 44.3
2015 433 26.0 16.6 46.7
2016 439 27.0 16.2 41
2017 465 24.0 19.3 43.2
2018 488 26.5 18.4 41.2
2019 445 27.8 16.0 53.5
2020 454 27.1 16.7 48
2021 344 25.7 13.3 n/a
2022 397 24.8 15.9 n/a
2023 406 23.0 17.6 45.1

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 Swanson Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,636 (11.7%) $12,366 (88.3%) $14,003

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Swanson Elementary

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Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students445406
 8.8%
African American71
 85.7%
American Indian7038
 45.7%
Asian50
 100%
Hispanic1233
 175%
Pacific Islander171
 94.1%
White299266
 11%
Two or More Races3567
 91.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients53.5%45.1%
 8.4%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Swanson Elementary

Students at Swanson Elementary are 66% White, 17% Two or more races, 9% American Indian, 8% Hispanic.

Students who attend Swanson Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Palmer Middle School
High : Palmer High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 406 students attended Swanson Elementary.


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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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