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Palmer Middle School

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Posted September 5, 2009

I LOVE IT HERE! I have been here 3 weeks and I never thought school could rock so much!!!! })i({
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2009

Palmer Middle is the best school in the Mat- Su Valley. It has a variety of teachers that work together to help the students succeed. The staff really exceeds expectations and works to make it a great day! Attention is given to ALL students not just the top 10% and they make us want to learn with their interesting styles of teaching. Thanks PJMS!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2009

awesome school i don't think i've had so much fun at school and the teachers are amazing
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2008

I was not satisfied with the quality of a few of the teacher's during this year. No parent contact when a student failed in their classes. I requested an intervention with my child and felt I was pushed aside. I should have been a better advocate for my child. Next year I will be on site more. Where was the teachers' interest to ensure a student does not fail in their class, evidently not on the student to be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2008

pjms is the best school on earth! Its definately rated 10 for me!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2008

palmer junior middle school is a great school all teacher are nice and they really care!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2007

My son has attended PJMS for two years, and will be an 8th grader here this year. He enjoys the school a lot, and has made quite a few really good friends. As a parent, I enjoy how teachers keep me up-to-date with my son's progress and activities. Through iParent, notes home, his daily planner, newsletters and personal e-mails sent home, I feel I'm kept abreast of my son's activities, when he's doing well and when he needs help. The school and the administration are quick to act when a problem arises and are fair in their decisions regarding rewards and discipline. I have enjoyed our communication with the school and hope that Palmer High will be similar in their approach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2006

My son loves this school! The teachers are very helpful, and class sizes are smaller than the state average. So far, we have no complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

Terrible school, the worst yet. My son has never been an a student, slow worker. I am very involved and have never been brushed off so much. Teacher don't care, i have meeting after meeting, email after email with teachers and counselors asking for help with my son, he wants to do better but doesn't know how, they just look at me blankly and say they will 'sign his planner if he brings it to them'. This is the 3rd year in a row he hasn't had text books because they can't decide on cirriculum, have to finish work in class because no textbook to bring home. Teachers won't accept late work so it all has to be finished in class or 0 credit. Also no extra credit available. Teachers very unhelpful. I know the work is up to my kid, but he needs help and none is available. They only care about their contracts and paycheck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2005

My son just started attending PJMS and everyday he comes home with a big smile on his face and tells me how school 'rocks'. The teaching staff in that school are absolutely wonderful.
—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 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 70% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 70% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 82% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students74%
Female76%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American58%
White78%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities34%
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrant70%
Non-migrant74%
Special Education with Accomodation32%

Reading

All Students84%
Female89%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American79%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrant70%
Non-migrant84%
Special Education with Accomodation25%

Writing

All Students80%
Female88%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American71%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrant60%
Non-migrant82%
Special Education with Accomodation26%
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 Students85%
Female85%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American80%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Special Education with Accomodation56%

Reading

All Students87%
Female90%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American80%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Special Education with Accomodation38%

Writing

All Students83%
Female89%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American80%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Special Education with Accomodation46%
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 Students72%
Female81%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American67%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrant64%
Non-migrant73%
Special Education with Accomodation23%

Reading

All Students91%
Female99%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American92%
White92%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrant79%
Non-migrant92%
Special Education with Accomodation69%

Science

All Students58%
Female61%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander40%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American46%
White60%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrant50%
Non-migrant58%
Special Education with Accomodation30%

Writing

All Students82%
Female95%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American88%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrant71%
Non-migrant83%
Special Education with Accomodation47%
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 75% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 16% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Black 2% 4%
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 42%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1159 South Chugach
Palmer, AK 99645
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