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Pioneer Peak Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 362 students

 
 

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Posted April 22, 2013

I transferred my daughter in here after a couple years at a private school. I was initially very nervous but am extremely pleased with the academics. Not only have they met my expectations they have exceeded them. I am also impressed with the way there are alternatives for the kids who need to be challenged. The principal seems to be quite involved and her teacher is amazing. I was given good opportunity to volunteer and see what was going on in the class and get to know everyone. Excellent school my daughters test scores have soared here!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2010

This is the best school that our daughter has went to in the Mat Su School District. The staff, teachers and principal are just amazing. My daughter just loves this school, she says it the best school she's went to yet. One of the greatest things about the school is the way they help the kids go the distance. The believe in the student, and their abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

We had an awful time at this school. My children were assaulted by students and bullied from the very first day of arrival. We had never been treated like this before at any of the schools in this community. Furthermore, it was over looked by the teachers and staff. We had to pull are children out and home school. They are terrified to go back to any school now and sadly are in therapy for it. I have heard many parents stories about Pioneer Peak since. I have a close friend that is experiencing the same problems I did. When I spoke with other schools in the area they as well knew about this schools reputation. Why is nothing being done. I went through all the appropriate steps and nothing was done. This is such a terrible shame and dangerous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

I can't say enough about this school. Our children love this school and have many friends and love their teachers and the principal really does care about our children.The office staff does a great job at making you feel welcome and is always there when you need them. The teachers are fantastic and want the best for our children. Way to go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2007

My child loves going to school & can't wait to see her teacher & classmates. It's her first year in school & what a great start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2005

Pioneer Peak is an excellent school. The teachers there get to know the kids and what their needs are. They not only work with them in class, but also offer suggestions to parents on how to reinforce school curriculum that will continue the progress of the students at home. The entire staff gets to know your child so that the kids feel like they are in a close-knit, family oriented environment. Pioneer Peak has a well-rounded program offering core instruction which incorporates physical education, music, and art. The staff makes every effort to keep the environment safe and nurturing and have worked closely with parents in the past to continue to enhance this environment. PTA and parents in general are welcomed into the school and encouraged to participate in their children's classroom whenever possible. Pioneer Peak is an excellent partner in education for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

The staff members at this school have CONSISTANTLY gone above and beyond the call of duty when providing education for my children. They also have provided care, understanding, love, and support to me and my children in the wake of my wife's untimely passing. Words cannot describe my gratitude! I lament having to move my children to another school in a neighboring district. Parents if you are looking to move to this school service area you'd be hard pressed to find a better staff in all of ALASKA!
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 76% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students87%
Female85%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American90%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities71%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American80%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American80%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
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 Students91%
Female86%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female74%
Male92%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students50%
Female41%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant49%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female78%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
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%
Female90%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female97%
Male77%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female94%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
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 77% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 13% 23%
Black 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Hispanic 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 32%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1959 North Trunk Rd
Palmer, AK 99645
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