Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Summary:

Cottonwood Creek Elementary is a public elementary school located in Wasilla, Alaska, serving grades PK-5 with a total enrollment of 468 students. The school 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.

Cottonwood Creek Elementary consistently ranks in the top third of Alaska elementary schools, ranking 55th out of 176 schools in the 2022-2023 school year. The school's performance on standardized tests is generally above the state and district averages, particularly in mathematics, with 55.02% of students proficient or better in STAR/Mathematics compared to 40.53% for the district and 32.53% for the state. Cottonwood Creek Elementary also has a relatively diverse student population, with 67.74% White, 6.2% Hispanic, 4.91% Native American, and 19.23% two or more races.

While Cottonwood Creek Elementary generally outperforms many of the nearby schools, such as Iditarod Elementary and Tanaina Elementary, some nearby schools, like Fred and Sara Machetanz Elementary School and Pioneer Peak Elementary, also perform well academically. Cottonwood Creek Elementary's strengths lie in its overall academic performance, as well as the strong performance of certain student subgroups, such as male students and multi-racial students.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 800 N Seward Meridian
       Wasilla, AK  99645


(907) 864-2100

District: Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
55th of 176 Alaska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,532 Help


Students who attend Cottonwood Creek Elementary usually attend:

Elementary:    Teeland Middle School
High:    Colony High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.3 Help
Number of students:  468

Racial breakdown:

White:
67.7%
Two or more races:
19.2%
Hispanic:
6.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  44.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Cottonwood Creek Elementary ranks better than 68.8% of elementary schools in Alaska. It also ranks 12th 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 63.33. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (67.7%), two or more races (19.2%), Hispanic (6.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 44.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cottonwood Creek Elementary is 17.3. 14 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 Cottonwood Creek Elementary is $14,532. 18 elementary schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Cottonwood Creek Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Cottonwood Creek Elementary 55th of 176 Alaska public elementary schools. (See Cottonwood Creek Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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White students:


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 Cottonwood Creek Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 69.65 67th 213 68.5%
2006 84.74 12th 218 94.5%
2007 84.86 8th 212 96.2%
2008 86.67 6th 219 97.3%
2009 85.94 10th 226 95.6%
2010 81.14 23rd 229 90.0%
2011 79.64 35th 223 84.3%
2012 76.43 42nd 227 81.5%
2013 69.16 69th 223 69.1%
2014 71.83 64th 218 70.6%
2015 63.12 78th 246 68.3%
2017 68.17 46th 180 74.4%
2018 66.59 55th 186 70.4%
2019 74.13 39th 185 78.9%
2021 65.72 61st 173 64.7%
2022 60.06 61st 171 64.3%
2023 63.33 55th 176 68.8%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 68.56 12th 58 79.3%
2023 73.24 14th 74 81.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 75.42 4th 26 84.6%
2023 41.17 9th 16 43.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 79.42 18th 147 87.8%
2021 63.08 37th 110 66.4%
2022 60.26 32nd 104 69.2%
2023 63.37 39th 119 67.2%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 46.57 14th 24 41.7%
2023 63.32 8th 30 73.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 74.71 34th 159 78.6%
2021 69.47 32nd 141 77.3%
2022 57.61 51st 143 64.3%
2023 54.10 64th 152 57.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 71.88 32nd 159 79.9%
2021 52.90 67th 142 52.8%
2022 56.15 60th 148 59.5%
2023 66.20 40th 148 73.0%
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Rank History for Native American students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 71.26 12th 50 76.0%
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Rank History for White students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 61.44 50th 147 66.0%
2021 59.60 42nd 127 66.9%
2022 55.12 59th 137 56.9%
2023 51.69 65th 138 52.9%
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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 Cottonwood Creek Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 437 6 4 3 25 n/a n/a -22 453
1990 522 2 9 7 30 n/a n/a 0 570
1991 461 1 3 6 33 n/a n/a 0 504
1992 505 3 1 6 47 n/a n/a -86 476
1993 441 3 9 11 33 n/a n/a 0 497
1994 466 4 7 10 45 n/a n/a 0 532
1995 423 5 5 8 34 n/a n/a 6 481
1996 423 5 5 8 34 n/a n/a 6 481
1997 453 5 0 9 39 n/a n/a 0 506
1998 466 5 3 8 41 n/a n/a 0 523
1999 427 7 2 6 29 n/a n/a 0 471
2000 413 7 1 5 41 n/a n/a 0 467
2001 371 7 0 8 38 n/a n/a 0 424
2002 346 4 2 18 46 n/a n/a 0 416
2003 346 4 2 18 46 n/a n/a 0 416
2004 349 5 2 16 52 n/a n/a 0 424
2005 338 1 4 15 50 n/a n/a 0 408
2006 358 2 4 17 59 n/a n/a 0 440
2007 405 2 6 14 50 n/a n/a 0 477
2008 385 5 3 12 45 n/a n/a 22 472
2009 413 4 6 13 37 1 14 0 488
2010 346 9 7 5 33 5 11 0 416
2011 348 9 5 8 32 2 7 0 411
2012 286 5 9 8 67 4 0 0 379
2013 317 10 10 7 85 2 0 0 431
2014 321 11 17 14 82 6 0 0 451
2015 337 11 15 16 89 5 0 0 473
2016 362 10 19 10 80 5 25 0 511
2017 351 4 14 11 80 9 27 0 496
2018 332 6 14 8 60 6 36 0 462
2019 331 3 12 4 61 7 36 0 454
2020 327 2 12 17 47 6 54 0 465
2021 242 3 8 16 26 2 53 0 350
2022 292 3 6 25 27 6 74 0 433
2023 317 2 5 29 23 2 90 0 468

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 Cottonwood Creek Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 453 24.5 18.4 15.2
1990 570 28.5 20.0 11.4
1991 504 27.3 18.4 n/a
1992 476 27.3 17.4 n/a
1993 497 27.3 18.2 n/a
1994 532 27.3 19.5 n/a
1995 481 28.0 17.2 20.2
1996 481 28.0 17.2 20.2
1997 506 28.0 18.1 18.6
1998 523 24.0 21.8 24.3
1999 471 25.0 18.8 25.1
2000 467 22.5 20.8 31.9
2001 424 25.0 17.0 20
2002 416 24.0 17.3 26.4
2003 416 24.0 17.3 26.4
2004 424 22.0 19.3 30.7
2005 408 24.0 17.0 31.6
2006 440 26.0 16.9 30.9
2007 477 26.1 18.3 31.9
2008 472 27.5 17.2 31.3
2009 488 28.0 17.4 29.5
2010 416 24.0 17.3 28.4
2011 411 25.0 16.4 28
2012 379 19.9 18.9 26.1
2013 431 16.5 26.0 30.6
2014 451 24.9 18.0 35.3
2015 473 27.0 17.5 35.3
2016 511 30.0 17.0 29.2
2017 496 29.5 16.8 35.3
2018 462 28.9 15.9 38.7
2019 454 26.0 17.4 42.3
2020 465 26.0 17.8 41.3
2021 350 27.6 12.6 n/a
2022 433 26.0 16.6 n/a
2023 468 27.0 17.3 44.2

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 Cottonwood Creek Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 453 24.5 18.4 15.2
1990 570 28.5 20.0 11.4
1991 504 27.3 18.4 n/a
1992 476 27.3 17.4 n/a
1993 497 27.3 18.2 n/a
1994 532 27.3 19.5 n/a
1995 481 28.0 17.2 20.2
1996 481 28.0 17.2 20.2
1997 506 28.0 18.1 18.6
1998 523 24.0 21.8 24.3
1999 471 25.0 18.8 25.1
2000 467 22.5 20.8 31.9
2001 424 25.0 17.0 20
2002 416 24.0 17.3 26.4
2003 416 24.0 17.3 26.4
2004 424 22.0 19.3 30.7
2005 408 24.0 17.0 31.6
2006 440 26.0 16.9 30.9
2007 477 26.1 18.3 31.9
2008 472 27.5 17.2 31.3
2009 488 28.0 17.4 29.5
2010 416 24.0 17.3 28.4
2011 411 25.0 16.4 28
2012 379 19.9 18.9 26.1
2013 431 16.5 26.0 30.6
2014 451 24.9 18.0 35.3
2015 473 27.0 17.5 35.3
2016 511 30.0 17.0 29.2
2017 496 29.5 16.8 35.3
2018 462 28.9 15.9 38.7
2019 454 26.0 17.4 42.3
2020 465 26.0 17.8 41.3
2021 350 27.6 12.6 n/a
2022 433 26.0 16.6 n/a
2023 468 27.0 17.3 44.2

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 Cottonwood Creek Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $972 (6.7%) $13,560 (93.3%) $14,532

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Cottonwood Creek Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 39th of 185 Elementary schoolsRanks 55th of 176 Elementary schools
 10.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
All Grades Science (Cottonwood Creek Elementary)53.341.8
 11.5%
   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 Students454468
 3.1%
African American32
 33.3%
American Indian6123
 62.3%
Asian125
 58.3%
Hispanic429
 625%
Pacific Islander72
 71.4%
White331317
 4.2%
Two or More Races3690
 150%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients42.3%44.2%
 1.9%


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Cottonwood Creek Elementary ranks 55th of 176 Alaska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Cottonwood Creek Elementary usually go on to attend:

Elementary : Teeland Middle School
High : Colony High School

Students at Cottonwood Creek Elementary are 68% White, 19% Two or more races, 6% Hispanic, 5% American Indian, 1% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 468 students attended Cottonwood Creek 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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