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Academy Charter School

Charter | K-8

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted May 27, 2014

My son has completed 3 years with Academy Charter and we could not be happier. The teachers are all amazing and the principal is phenomenal. We really feel like the "open door policy" is genuine at this school. Any time we have ever had a concern, we were able to discuss it with his teacher or principal and it was addressed instantly. I really felt like his teachers and the staff genuinely care a lot for each individual student. I feel so fortunate that my son was able to attend this school. We are moving out if state and I feel we will be hard pressed to find another school we love as much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

This school is more traditional in its model then some in terms of a step-up approach but unique in the number of opportunities and options afforded to students inside and outside the classroom. The school values all subjects though some are covered less than others because of time constraints. Core subjects such as math, reading and grammar are very well covered. Their science program has a lot of strengths as well. Teachers work well with parents, children are by and large ability grouped, and the principal is excellent! On the whole this is probably one of the best K-8 options in the Valley. Homework is reasonable and generally does not interfere with family life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2011

Academy's science and math instruction is the top in the state of Alaska. Hands on experiments, indepth learning, and opportunities to really challenge the student to think are just a few of the ways the teachers help students master scientific and mathematical thinking! My kids are so fortunate to be able to attend and learn at Academy! This school really lives up to their saying of "no shortcuts, no excuses!" They go all out for student learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2011

Academy's staff are dedicated to maximizing student learning! Staff collaborate and work as a team to create an environment that is conducive to learning. Staff work closely with parents and see parents as partners in education. Academy's staff are dedicated to being the best. The best in instruction! The best in student learning and achievement! Their constant effort to be on the cutting edge is evident in all they do! They work seamlessly, K - 8. They have the recipe for success!!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 17, 2010

Academy is a great learning enviroment! The staff from the teachers to the principal really care about their students.


Posted June 15, 2010

I have been a student at Academy Charter since Kindergarten and graduated from eighth grade this May. No school in the Valley could have prepared me better for not only high school, but for life. Because the classroom sizes range from about 22-28 per grade, as a student you develop strong relationships with your peers, and have more one-on-one time with the teachers. The classroom also has an excellent environment; seldom does one hear swearing; The students are respectful of the teachers and each other. In third grade, because I had tested out of both regular and advanced Language Arts and Math, I was allowed to take those classes with the fourth graders, without having to skip a grade. Little things like this have allowed me go into highschool with two credits that I can put on my transcript. Academy Charter is the best school in Valley, no doubt about it.


Posted August 27, 2008

My daughter attended Academy Charter school K-8th grade. She is now a junior in highschool. Academy set a solid foundation for her school career. My son is now in 8th grade and he has also attended since kindergarten. When my son started falling behind, the staff noticed immidiately and intervened. He is back on track, and we are grateful they didn't let him fall through the cracks. The teachers and staff are amazing, and I feel like they are a part of our family. I am going to miss them all when my son graduates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

This is the best school ever. I can't believe it. Wonderful teachers, great students, and wonderful school. I love this school and you should come and see it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2004

My son attends Academy Charter. As far as my husband and I are concerned it is the best school in the Mat-Valley and possibly the whole state of Alaska. We feel very privledged and lucky (children are chosen thru lottery selection) to have our son going to such an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=90%
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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
>=90%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
>=90%
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 69% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
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 66% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=90%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
>=90%

2010

 
 
>=90%
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 Students96%
Female93%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
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 Students92%
Femalen/a
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Femalen/a
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students50%
Femalen/a
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Femalen/a
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
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 Students88%
Female92%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students96%
Female100%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 Students86%
Female100%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female100%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Female90%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities87%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
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 Students93%
Female100%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female85%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students93%
Female92%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
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 Students93%
Female85%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female85%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 9% 23%
Hispanic 5% 6%
Black 3% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Two or more races 0% 8%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/A41%
Male 52%N/A52%
Female 48%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907) 746-2358

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