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Posted June 22, 2013

I believe Wasilla High School to be comparable to any good high school in the state. My son will graduate a year early due to the many Accelerated Placement courses available to him. I believe the high dropout rate is due to many families withdrawing students and moving around the state. The school still shows those kids on their rolls. When I went to parent/teacher conferences this year few parents showed up and my son's teachers were so happy to see me. If a child is having a hard time in school I would look to the parent before blaming the staff. My son attended his first semester of 9th grade in New Mexico and is much happier now that we moved and he attends Wasilla High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

WHS is one of the worst high schools in the Matanuska Valley area. Wasilla has such a high drop out rate that the community has had to open alternative schools in recent years. Most of the students that attend the alternative schools come form wasilla and do well because the teacher student ratio is better. also the alternative schools simply graduate students using work study credit. Some of the teachers at wasilla high school simply have been there to long and do not have the passion they started with years ago. I have seen and know teachers that have been teaching for years and still are motivated and enjoy teaching different student mentalities. Wasilla teachers are not that way they dont care if the students fail.


Posted August 31, 2007

Its very good, my kids would be able to have many oppritunities to be someone in life
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2007

I believe that wasilla high is one of the best schools in the valley. I would deff. recommend this school to any middle school student. Wasilla High offers honors classes as well as off campus classes. Students roam free around the halls without being tromented by some 'better than other' students. Everyone here is friends or aquaintences with everyone else. There is always a place to fit in. Remember once a Warrior always a Warrior.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2005

The 'druggie' image of Wasilla is long gone thanks to a concerted effort by administration and staff. Currently Wasilla High School has 14 Advanced Placement courses available with a full offering of honors courses to get students up to speed. In fact, it is the fastest growing high school in Matsu Borough. Wasilla offers a wide range of vocational-technical courses (Wood Shop, Auto, Building Trades, and more) as well as a growing fine arts program that includes AP Art, AP Music, Jazz Band, and Drama. The sports programs include the state champion wrestling team several years running, strong basketball teams for both boys and girls, and many, many more. Wasilla High School sets the pace for Matsu Borough schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2004

This school is a great school in the Mat-su districts. As we all know and have heard that our childern are coming to us and saying things about this school being a 'stoner' school or a 'druggie' school. I don't think that schools should be labled as those things. I look at Wasilla high in a good way but I would want my child to do well in the acedemics to move on and enjoy life.
—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 65% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
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 64% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students69%
Female72%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American76%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learners40%
Proficient in English70%
Migrant76%
Non-migrant69%
Special Education with Accomodation37%

Reading

All Students88%
Female91%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American89%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities60%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learners50%
Proficient in English89%
Migrant72%
Non-migrant89%
Special Education with Accomodation60%

Writing

All Students76%
Female86%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American76%
White75%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learners30%
Proficient in English77%
Migrant67%
Non-migrant76%
Special Education with Accomodation27%
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%
Female69%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native American68%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Migrant76%
Non-migrant71%
Special Education with Accomodation30%

Reading

All Students85%
Female91%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
Native American80%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities65%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrant77%
Non-migrant86%
Special Education with Accomodation61%

Science

All Students70%
Female68%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native American64%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrant59%
Non-migrant70%
Special Education with Accomodation34%

Writing

All Students81%
Female93%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native American71%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrant76%
Non-migrant81%
Special Education with Accomodation34%
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

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 35% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
>=75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 36% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
<=25%

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
<=40%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
<=40%

2010

 
 
<=40%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 Students84%
Female84%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Native American84%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrant86%
Non-migrant84%

Reading

All Students91%
Female95%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic>=80%
Multiracialn/a
Native American91%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilities68%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrant86%
Non-migrant91%

Writing

All Students77%
Female91%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
Native American66%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrant81%
Non-migrant77%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 Students35%
Female35%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American32%
White36%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities28%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant32%

Reading

All Students65%
Femalen/a
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American64%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities53%
Students without disabilities>=80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%

Writing

All Students37%
Female42%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American36%
White38%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English38%
Migrant30%
Non-migrant38%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 Students42%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/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

Writing

All Students40%
Femalen/a
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant40%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. 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 73% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 16% 23%
Hispanic 4% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 32%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Wasilla, AK 99654
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