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Burchell High School

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Posted October 14, 2010

I am a Burchell High School graduate. I was very reserved when I was in high school, which led to me being severely bullied at Colony High School. At Burchell I found a supportive environment, caring staff, and the freedom to study my areas of interest independently. The staff involved themselves with my education to a point that was truly impressive. They care a great deal and it shows. Burchell has a reputation for being a slacker school, but it is just the opposite: staff here expect all students to exert themselves. While attending Burchell I was able to hold a part-time job and also take college classes thanks to their flexible scheduling policies, and thanks to this school I was accepted to a prestigious foreign exchange program just after I graduated. Burchell High School pretty much changed my life. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2010

Burchell High is by far the best school to attend in the valley. This school gives kids that might not have ever had a chance to graduate the opportunity to succeed. They treat you like an adult and teach you how to function in the real world. Unlike other schools in Wasilla, Burchell doesn't tolerate harassment, bullying, or fighting. So kids can go there and feel safe. I was a Wasilla High drop out behind a year in classes do to harassment from other students, and the principals overlooking it. By attending Burchell I not only graduated almost a year ahead but also with a 3.8 GPA. So for those who think that the education level isn't efficient, your wrong. I'm in my last year of college getting two bachelors degrees in Marketing and Business Marketing, thanks to the education I received at Burchell!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2009

Burchell is an amazing school. It is very student orientated. I am proud to say that I am a Burchell graduate. However, I must say i appreciate all the students that are writing such amazing comments about the schoo, but maybe we wouldn't get such a bad rep if you guys would show what you've been taught. I noticed so many misspellings and grammatical errors, this can explain why everyone has been trying to shut our school down. I know you guys are trying to help, just apply what you know! I'm a grad and almost done with my degree. Burchell has taught me everything I needed to have such a successful college career.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2009

Very good teaching skills, offers after school classes,great enviroment to learn in,help me cetch up on credits[started with zero and now have ten in 1 year]
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2009

Burchell is an amazing school, it uses whatever resources it is given for the students benifit. It works with students beyond educational needs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 17, 2008

burchell high school helped me in so many ways that a regular high school would not. they just don't teach you school material but they prepare you for the real world. This school is really great family oriented place. for most students this was they're family.nThe staff is amazing as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2007

many people think Burchell is a school where everything is slack. when I attended the school, I was taught thing I would really need for life. because of my experience at the school and the help from teachers, I have the confidence to go to college and crate a life for myself. if I never went to that school, I never would have. the grading scale is a little on the odd side and is hard to understand. but after a while, it all makes sense. the teachers there are not only there to teach, they actually talk to the students like they were real people. I also love the fact that the school is on a first name basis.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 11, 2007

Burchell is a bare minimum education with a faulty system of grading. The education is lackluster and shocking when closely examined.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 65% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Students52%
Female38%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students96%
Female100%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students86%
Femalen/a
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
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 Students42%
Female29%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American36%
White38%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female58%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American60%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students39%
Female31%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students54%
Female58%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American50%
White52%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
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

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
48%

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

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

10 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
>=60%

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
>=75%
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 Students75%
Female59%
Male>=80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American55%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged>=80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%

Reading

All Students84%
Female79%
Male>=80%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American>=80%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged>=80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%

Writing

All Students49%
Female53%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American30%
White57%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities51%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant51%
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 Students48%
Female42%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American64%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%

Reading

All Students75%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%

Writing

All Students46%
Femalen/a
Male41%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American31%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities47%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
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 Students50%
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 English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%

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 Students33%
Femalen/a
Male23%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities40%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
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 65% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 28% 23%
Black 2% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 8%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1775 West Parks Hwy
Wasilla, AK 99654
Phone: (907) 864-2600

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