Larson Elementary

Summary:

Larson Elementary is a public elementary school in Wasilla, Alaska, serving 369 students in grades PK-5. As part of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, which is ranked 8th out of 24 districts in the state, Larson Elementary consistently ranks among the top 31-74 elementary schools in Alaska and has earned a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger in multiple school years.

Larson Elementary's academic performance is particularly noteworthy, with students outperforming the district and state averages in key areas like science, English language arts, and mathematics. The school also demonstrates strong equity, with consistently high performance across diverse student subgroups, including female students, male students, Native American students, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. This suggests a focus on ensuring all students have access to quality education, regardless of their background.

Another interesting aspect of Larson Elementary is its relatively diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 61.79% White, 9.21% Hispanic, 12.74% Native American, and 13.55% two or more races. This diversity is higher than some nearby schools, such as Snowshoe Elementary, Fred and Sara Machetanz Elementary School, and Pioneer Peak Elementary, which have higher percentages of White students. This diversity can provide valuable opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and the development of important social-emotional skills.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 2722 E Seldon Rd
       Wasilla, AK  99654


(907) 352-2300

District: Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
31st of 176 Alaska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,109 Help


Students who attend Larson Elementary usually attend:

Elementary:    Teeland Middle School
High:    Colony High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.3 Help
Number of students:  369

Racial breakdown:

White:
61.8%
Two or more races:
13.6%
American Indian:
12.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  42.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Larson Elementary ranks better than 82.4% of elementary schools in Alaska. It also ranks 5th among 24 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 74.65. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Larson Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (61.8%), two or more races (13.6%), American Indian (12.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 42.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Larson Elementary is 15.3, which is the 8th best among 24 elementary schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Larson Elementary is $17,109, which is the 9th highest among 24 elementary schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Larson Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Larson Elementary 31st of 176 Alaska public elementary schools. (See Larson 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 Larson Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Larson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 66.04 87th 213 59.2%
2006 82.61 19th 218 91.3%
2007 84.06 12th 212 94.3%
2008 80.19 23rd 219 89.5%
2009 76.90 40th 226 82.3%
2010 70.19 76th 229 66.8%
2011 69.47 66th 223 70.4%
2012 63.58 90th 227 60.4%
2013 66.84 78th 223 65.0%
2014 76.29 44th 218 79.8%
2015 62.90 82nd 246 66.7%
2017 69.95 42nd 180 76.7%
2018 75.04 37th 186 80.1%
2019 61.12 69th 185 62.7%
2021 78.45 27th 173 84.4%
2022 52.64 74th 171 56.7%
2023 74.65 31st 176 82.4%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Larson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 76.63 8th 45 82.2%
2022 86.00 5th 58 91.4%
2023 29.16 59th 74 20.3%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Larson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 38.20 17th 26 34.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Larson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 69.28 38th 147 74.1%
2021 83.08 12th 110 89.1%
2022 59.22 33rd 104 68.3%
2023 68.14 31st 119 73.9%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Larson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 38.46 16th 24 33.3%
2022 64.93 7th 15 53.3%
2023 68.36 7th 30 76.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Larson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 65.09 58th 159 63.5%
2021 82.81 17th 141 87.9%
2022 45.77 69th 143 51.7%
2023 78.79 21st 152 86.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Larson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 55.67 68th 159 57.2%
2021 67.09 43rd 142 69.7%
2022 48.65 71st 148 52.0%
2023 65.84 42nd 148 71.6%
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Rank History for Native American students at Larson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 77.34 7th 50 86.0%
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Rank History for White students at Larson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 51.27 70th 147 52.4%
2021 65.54 35th 127 72.4%
2022 37.93 93rd 137 32.1%
2023 71.66 33rd 138 76.1%
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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.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

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Enrollment information for Larson Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2002 374 1 3 19 49 n/a n/a 0 446
2003 374 1 3 19 49 n/a n/a 0 446
2004 434 5 3 20 56 n/a n/a 0 518
2005 477 5 5 15 72 n/a n/a 0 574
2006 414 6 3 13 56 n/a n/a 0 492
2007 314 5 1 17 45 n/a n/a 0 382
2008 315 3 1 20 39 n/a n/a 11 389
2009 228 8 4 13 34 0 7 0 294
2010 279 10 3 13 34 1 7 0 347
2011 285 12 3 7 45 1 4 0 357
2012 297 14 4 10 71 0 0 0 396
2013 306 8 6 9 63 0 0 0 392
2014 293 9 6 12 72 2 0 0 394
2015 281 10 11 10 71 4 0 0 387
2016 297 5 6 5 58 8 15 0 394
2017 305 4 2 7 66 6 26 0 416
2018 276 3 1 8 71 7 26 0 392
2019 294 2 0 4 70 8 30 0 408
2020 294 3 2 35 50 0 49 0 433
2021 216 2 1 30 36 0 44 0 329
2022 243 3 3 39 44 4 48 0 384
2023 228 3 3 34 47 4 50 0 369

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 Larson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 446 26.0 17.2 26.9
2003 446 26.0 17.2 26.9
2004 518 27.0 19.2 22.6
2005 574 29.5 19.5 26.7
2006 492 28.0 17.6 24.6
2007 382 24.1 15.9 25.1
2008 389 22.0 17.7 23.5
2009 294 20.7 14.2 23.1
2010 347 24.0 14.4 32.6
2011 357 24.0 14.8 38.4
2012 396 22.5 17.6 38.4
2013 392 17.3 22.6 37.5
2014 394 22.9 17.1 43.7
2015 387 23.0 16.8 37.2
2016 394 27.0 14.5 41.1
2017 416 25.0 16.6 41.3
2018 392 26.0 15.0 44.4
2019 408 25.7 15.8 48
2020 433 25.1 17.2 41.8
2021 329 24.3 13.5 n/a
2022 384 25.0 15.3 n/a
2023 369 24.0 15.3 42.3

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 Larson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2002 446 26.0 17.2 26.9
2003 446 26.0 17.2 26.9
2004 518 27.0 19.2 22.6
2005 574 29.5 19.5 26.7
2006 492 28.0 17.6 24.6
2007 382 24.1 15.9 25.1
2008 389 22.0 17.7 23.5
2009 294 20.7 14.2 23.1
2010 347 24.0 14.4 32.6
2011 357 24.0 14.8 38.4
2012 396 22.5 17.6 38.4
2013 392 17.3 22.6 37.5
2014 394 22.9 17.1 43.7
2015 387 23.0 16.8 37.2
2016 394 27.0 14.5 41.1
2017 416 25.0 16.6 41.3
2018 392 26.0 15.0 44.4
2019 408 25.7 15.8 48
2020 433 25.1 17.2 41.8
2021 329 24.3 13.5 n/a
2022 384 25.0 15.3 n/a
2023 369 24.0 15.3 42.3

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 Larson Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,245 (13.1%) $14,863 (86.9%) $17,109

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Larson Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 69th of 185 Elementary schoolsRanks 31st of 176 Elementary schools
 19.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
All Grades Science (Larson Elementary)53.359.4
 6%
   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 Students408369
 9.6%
African American23
 50%
American Indian7047
 32.9%
Asian03
Hispanic434
 750%
Pacific Islander84
 50%
White294228
 22.4%
Two or More Races3050
 66.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients48%42.3%
 5.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Larson Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 369 students attended Larson Elementary.

Students who attend Larson Elementary usually go on to attend:

Elementary : Teeland Middle School
High : Colony High School

Students at Larson Elementary are 62% White, 14% Two or more races, 13% American Indian, 9% Hispanic, 1% Pacific Islander.

Larson Elementary ranks 31st of 176 Alaska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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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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