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Ptarmigan Elementary School

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Posted May 8, 2014

Ptarmigan is a great school! The main issue that I see is a lack of parent involvement - nobody goes to PTA meetings at all. The teachers are motivated and caring, and I have seen the office staff kindly deal with some children that are clearly troubled. I have always had a pleasant and welcoming experience in the office as well as in the classroom. Looks like some begrudged parents have posted on this forum in the past. This is a good place with a lot of diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

This school is cold and dark from the second you step in the door. Don't expect anyone to smile, say hello or ask if you need anything. There is tons of bullying, starting with the principal and on down. Adults are not respectful, how can they expect kids to be? The only thing good about this school is that my daughter learned a lot of good writing, her middle school teacher says she's one of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

I think the school needs to really smack down on the bullying it is BAD at this school and they dont take it serious enough at all. They also find the bad kids and keep on blaming them for the bad things and dont open eyes to the fact that other kids are behaving badly as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2007

My daughter has gone to Ptarmigan for 2 yrs now and has loved every minute. She excelled in her classes and even was involved in the ignite classes so she could go farther. She liked taking Chorus every year and they do a wonderful performance to show of the skills they have learned. One of the teachers even agreed to stay after school on her own time to help some student learn Japanese. This is a wonderful school that you would love to be involved with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

This is a good school but with a few faults. The adults need to take bullying more seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 76% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
52%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
28%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students67%
Female73%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander50%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American55%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners58%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Special Education with Accomodation18%

Reading

All Students76%
Female89%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American55%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities86%
English language learners57%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Special Education with Accomodation18%

Writing

All Students73%
Female84%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American55%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners57%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female74%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial83%
Native American38%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Special Education with Accomodation42%

Reading

All Students64%
Female63%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracial67%
Native American38%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Special Education with Accomodation17%

Science

All Students32%
Female23%
Male42%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracial25%
Native American8%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English34%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%
Special Education with Accomodation9%

Writing

All Students84%
Female93%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial83%
Native American62%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Special Education with Accomodation50%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students67%
Female74%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learners46%
Proficient in English73%
Migrant70%
Non-migrant67%
Special Education with Accomodation17%

Reading

All Students70%
Female80%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial87%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learners38%
Proficient in English78%
Migrant80%
Non-migrant69%
Special Education with Accomodation8%

Writing

All Students69%
Female74%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic80%
Multiracial73%
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities17%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learners54%
Proficient in English73%
Migrant70%
Non-migrant69%
Special Education with Accomodation17%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 23% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 17% 23%
Two or more races 17% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 6%
Hispanic 13% 6%
Black 11% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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