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Homer High School

Public | 9-12 | 399 students

 

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Posted October 3, 2013

This school is wonderful. I've been attending Homer High for three years now and haven't dealt with any major problems such as bullying. The teachers are really nice and wan't to help students. New people are always welcome. However, extra help for students who are slower than others are hard to come by because of a teacher's busy schedule, so some teachers do tend to leave some jobs to parents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2013

I just started teaching at Homer High School a few weeks ago. Everyone, from teachers, administration, custodians, staff, and even students have been friendly and helpful. This school excels and each person, student and staff are expected to put forth their best. Teachers are part of the team that includes everyone to help students succeed and go on to greater challenges. It is the teamwork and help that has impressed me, as a new teacher here. Having taught in different three other districts in the state, this is one shows the most concern toward new peers in the district and in the individual school. This school is known for its friendliness and cooperation with its own staff and the community. Their community involvement is outstanding and I am looking forward to having a meaningful and long lasting relationship with everyone associated with the school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 6, 2012

Homer does a great job of isolating parents. This school has not met reasonable expectations. My son struggles in school and he has not received the help from this school he deserves. He fails tests but the teachers won't get him extra help because he does well on homework assignments. He does well on homework assignments because we spend hours going over it every night. The school should recognize a struggling student and help them. Homer has not done so. Teachers don't return my phone calls or respond to emails. My son asks for help and they are often unwilling to stay late to help him. The principals have been quite helpful, but a few people do not make a school. This school has been a bad experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

This school is a great learning environment, and it teaches kids great things, with great, nice, friendly people.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2009

I've been involved in the schools in communities in several different states, and I have never seen a high school as much an integral part of the community as this one. The building is in constant use. The extracurriculars for students are the most extensive and highest quality I've seen anywhere. The educational leadership is the very best, the faculty highly skilled and knowledgeable. They are coping well with declining enrollment and funding cuts.


Posted July 5, 2008

Great school,Good enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

Homer high school is a wonderful school in a fabulous community. The arts are supurb, the people varied (at least philosophically; they all tend to be white), and the classes discussion based. There are always complaints; the whole district has been losing money due to a decline in student population. As a consequence, Homer High is slowly losing some of its programs, but the oppurtunities are still here. I'm a senior this year and have loved my expereince.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2007

My daughter went to homer high school for two years and we had to practically drag her away from that school! I have never, ever seen my child enjoy school so much. She enjoyed the extra.curr. activities very much, and liked all over her teachers, which is very rare. A grea school.
—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.

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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 60% in 2011.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
75%

2008

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2011.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
>=95%

2009

 
 
86%

2008

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2011.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
83%

2008

 
 
83%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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 63% in 2011.

83 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
81%

2008

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2011.

82 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
90%

2008

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2011.

79 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
80%

2008

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2011.

82 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
82%

2008

 
 
82%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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 Students82%
Female77%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female92%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities44%
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students85%
Female88%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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 Students86%
Female81%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%

Reading

All Students94%
Female94%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged>=90%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students90%
Female89%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students94%
Female94%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities>=75%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 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

The state average for Math was 77% in 2011.

83 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
87%

2008

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
92%

2008

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2011.

82 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
84%

2008

 
 
82%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. 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 38% in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=60%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2011.

11 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
>=60%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
>=60%

2009

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. 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 32% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 46% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students96%
Female>=95%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=90%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities>=75%
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%

Reading

All Students>=95%
Female>=95%
Male>=90%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged>=90%
Not economically disadvantaged>=95%
Students with disabilities>=75%
Students without disabilities>=95%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students90%
Female94%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities>=75%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Migrant>=60%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. 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 Students>=60%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students>=60%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students73%
Femalen/a
Male>=75%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged>=60%
Not economically disadvantaged>=60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities>=60%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. 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 Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. 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 87% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 23%
Asian 2% 6%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Two or more races 2% 7%
Black 1% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A38%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Diving
  • Gymnastics
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
Music
  • Band
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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600 East Fairview Ave
Homer, AK 99603
Phone: (907) 235-4600

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