Colony Middle School

Summary:

Colony Middle School is a public middle school located in Palmer, Alaska, serving grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of 735 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.

Colony Middle School consistently outperforms the state and district averages in academic proficiency across various subjects and grade levels. In 2022-2023, the school's proficiency rates were higher than the state and district in Science (38.73% vs. 36.93% and 46.54%), English Language Arts (39.63% vs. 31.8% and 36.84%), and Mathematics (43.14% vs. 32.53% and 40.53%). The school's performance is particularly strong in Mathematics, with 7th and 8th-grade students outperforming the state and district by a significant margin. Additionally, the school has consistently high rankings for its performance with specific student subgroups, such as Hispanic, Native American, and Migrant students.

While Colony Middle School's academic performance remains strong, its statewide ranking has declined over the years, from a high of 13th out of 135 Alaska middle schools in 2011-2012 to 50th out of 92 in 2022-2023. This suggests that other schools in the state may be improving at a faster rate. However, when compared to nearby middle schools within the same district, such as Wasilla Middle School and Teeland Middle School, Colony Middle School generally outperforms these schools in academic proficiency across various subjects and grade levels.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 9250 E Bogard Rd
       Palmer, AK  99645


(907) 761-1500

District: Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
50th of 92 Alaska Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,831 Help


Students who attend Colony Middle School usually attend:

High:    Colony High School

Feeder schools for Colony Middle School:

Elementary:    Finger Lake Elementary
    Pioneer Peak Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  20.4 Help
Number of students:  735

Racial breakdown:

White:
67.6%
Two or more races:
15.5%
Hispanic:
8.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  31% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Colony Middle School ranks worse than 54.3% of middle schools in Alaska. It also ranks 2nd among 5 ranked middle schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 45.95. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Colony Middle School has the largest middle school student body size in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. Racial makeup is: White (67.6%), two or more races (15.5%), Hispanic (8.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 31% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Colony Middle School is 20.4. 2 middle 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 Colony Middle School is $11,831, which is the lowest among 5 middle schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Colony Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Colony Middle School 50th of 92 Alaska public middle schools. (See Colony Middle 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 Colony Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2005 85.03 9th 138 93.5%
2006 82.52 12th 132 90.9%
2007 79.31 21st 128 83.6%
2008 82.27 17th 132 87.1%
2009 81.21 18th 131 86.3%
2010 80.93 19th 136 86.0%
2011 81.43 18th 133 86.5%
2012 81.98 13th 135 90.4%
2013 80.55 22nd 136 83.8%
2014 79.80 20th 138 85.5%
2015 68.20 37th 151 75.5%
2017 51.02 42nd 88 52.3%
2018 48.28 51st 96 46.9%
2019 40.61 58th 99 41.4%
2021 56.84 38th 84 54.8%
2022 37.72 63rd 95 33.7%
2023 45.95 50th 92 45.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 62.38 8th 34 76.5%
2021 35.68 19th 30 36.7%
2022 35.53 16th 28 42.9%
2023 44.44 16th 31 48.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 31.81 8th 12 33.3%
2021 73.24 1st 2 50.0%
2022 48.67 1st 1 0.0%
2023 27.87 7th 11 36.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 27.57 47th 64 26.6%
2021 63.98 14th 43 67.4%
2022 44.86 20th 43 53.5%
2023 47.70 28th 55 49.1%
See the entire list of Best Alaska Middle Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Migrant students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 28.13 19th 24 20.8%
2021 67.45 2nd 10 80.0%
2022 62.32 3rd 12 75.0%
2023 63.57 6th 20 70.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 38.61 51st 74 31.1%
2021 56.52 25th 57 56.1%
2022 35.25 42nd 66 36.4%
2023 46.95 36th 66 45.5%
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Rank History for Military Connected students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 12.73 19th 20 5.0%
2021 44.17 9th 14 35.7%
2022 14.18 16th 17 5.9%
2023 24.84 14th 17 17.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 37.93 47th 73 35.6%
2021 60.05 22nd 62 64.5%
2022 41.32 40th 68 41.2%
2023 45.93 42nd 72 41.7%
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Rank History for Asian students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 56.17 9th 22 59.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 58.77 6th 19 68.4%
2021 63.16 4th 15 73.3%
2022 47.98 7th 19 63.2%
2023 62.10 6th 21 71.4%
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Rank History for Native American students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 47.46 20th 40 50.0%
2021 85.61 1st 16 93.8%
2022 72.73 2nd 16 87.5%
2023 85.24 3rd 20 85.0%
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Rank History for White students at Colony Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools AK State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 29.46 51st 72 29.2%
2021 48.45 31st 58 46.6%
2022 26.65 53rd 69 23.2%
2023 31.27 52nd 75 30.7%
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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.

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 Colony Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1992 355 2 1 6 27 n/a n/a 0 391
1993 608 7 3 11 35 n/a n/a 0 664
1994 841 9 7 20 57 n/a n/a 0 934
1995 973 8 6 14 63 n/a n/a 5 1069
1996 973 8 6 14 63 n/a n/a 5 1069
1997 928 8 4 19 52 n/a n/a 0 1011
1998 1044 9 4 24 67 n/a n/a 0 1148
1999 975 12 9 15 66 n/a n/a 0 1077
2000 919 10 14 22 66 n/a n/a 0 1031
2001 723 7 5 14 57 n/a n/a 0 806
2002 543 4 3 10 65 n/a n/a 0 625
2003 543 4 3 10 65 n/a n/a 0 625
2004 507 3 8 5 75 n/a n/a 0 598
2005 531 6 9 9 71 n/a n/a 0 626
2006 582 6 9 11 84 n/a n/a 0 692
2007 590 9 10 20 71 n/a n/a 0 700
2008 592 8 12 19 61 n/a n/a 26 718
2009 552 6 14 12 53 2 25 0 664
2010 546 4 10 9 51 1 24 0 645
2011 517 7 11 8 55 2 24 0 624
2012 480 16 17 21 93 7 1 0 635
2013 456 21 18 29 103 4 1 0 632
2014 454 17 25 34 120 5 0 0 655
2015 446 15 21 35 139 8 0 0 664
2016 527 16 17 23 103 7 35 0 728
2017 545 18 14 25 103 7 33 0 745
2018 555 16 22 27 106 8 30 0 764
2019 554 12 21 26 120 7 41 0 781
2020 532 7 18 74 81 2 84 0 798
2021 373 7 12 68 50 2 80 0 592
2022 480 8 6 74 55 3 78 0 704
2023 497 4 4 60 53 3 114 0 735

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 Colony Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 391 5.5 71.0 9.2
1993 664 5.5 120.7 5.4
1994 934 47.5 19.7 3.9
1995 1069 59.3 18.0 5.6
1996 1069 59.3 18.0 5.6
1997 1011 59.3 17.0 6.5
1998 1148 57.0 20.1 9.9
1999 1077 52.3 20.6 10.1
2000 1031 45.0 22.9 9
2001 806 42.0 19.2 18
2002 625 38.5 16.2 16.5
2003 625 38.5 16.2 16.5
2004 598 34.0 17.6 19.4
2005 626 32.0 19.6 20.1
2006 692 36.5 19.0 24.9
2007 700 38.1 18.4 24.3
2008 718 42.5 16.9 26
2009 664 36.5 18.2 21.5
2010 645 36.0 17.9 25.1
2011 624 36.0 17.3 24.7
2012 635 33.0 19.2 28.7
2013 632 21.3 29.6 28.2
2014 655 30.7 21.2 29.6
2015 664 32.0 20.7 30
2016 728 37.0 19.6 26.1
2017 745 34.9 21.2 27.8
2018 764 34.5 22.1 30.6
2019 781 33.0 23.6 36.9
2020 798 35.0 22.8 30.5
2021 592 36.0 16.4 n/a
2022 704 34.0 20.7 n/a
2023 735 36.0 20.4 31

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 Colony Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 391 5.5 71.0 9.2
1993 664 5.5 120.7 5.4
1994 934 47.5 19.7 3.9
1995 1069 59.3 18.0 5.6
1996 1069 59.3 18.0 5.6
1997 1011 59.3 17.0 6.5
1998 1148 57.0 20.1 9.9
1999 1077 52.3 20.6 10.1
2000 1031 45.0 22.9 9
2001 806 42.0 19.2 18
2002 625 38.5 16.2 16.5
2003 625 38.5 16.2 16.5
2004 598 34.0 17.6 19.4
2005 626 32.0 19.6 20.1
2006 692 36.5 19.0 24.9
2007 700 38.1 18.4 24.3
2008 718 42.5 16.9 26
2009 664 36.5 18.2 21.5
2010 645 36.0 17.9 25.1
2011 624 36.0 17.3 24.7
2012 635 33.0 19.2 28.7
2013 632 21.3 29.6 28.2
2014 655 30.7 21.2 29.6
2015 664 32.0 20.7 30
2016 728 37.0 19.6 26.1
2017 745 34.9 21.2 27.8
2018 764 34.5 22.1 30.6
2019 781 33.0 23.6 36.9
2020 798 35.0 22.8 30.5
2021 592 36.0 16.4 n/a
2022 704 34.0 20.7 n/a
2023 735 36.0 20.4 31

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 Colony Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $726 (6.1%) $11,105 (93.9%) $11,831

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Colony Middle 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 58th of 99 Middle schoolsRanks 50th of 92 Middle schools
 4.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
8th Grade Science (Colony Middle School)45.538.7
 6.7%
   8th Grade Science (Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District)48.641.4
 7.2%
   8th Grade Science (Alaska)43.134.5
 8.6%
All Grades Science (Colony Middle School)45.538.7
 6.7%
   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 Students781735
 5.9%
African American124
 66.7%
American Indian12053
 55.8%
Asian214
 81%
Hispanic2660
 130.8%
Pacific Islander73
 57.1%
White554497
 10.3%
Two or More Races41114
 178%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients36.9%31%
 5.9%


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Colony Middle School ranks 50th of 92 Alaska middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Colony Middle School are 68% White, 16% Two or more races, 8% Hispanic, 7% American Indian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 735 students attended Colony Middle School.

Students who attend Colony Middle School usually go on to attend Colony 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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