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Palmer High School

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Posted August 20, 2014

I have had 2 children recently graduate from the Palmer IB, Diploma Program. We chose Palmer not only for the IB program, but also for its wide variety in activities and the diversity of the student body, both economic and cultural. They both did well, and found activities and clubs that fit their interests and personalities. The rigor of the program and the community involvement greatly helped both of them with being admitted to the colleges they chose and receiving scholarships. The teachers were supportive and willing to take time out of their schedules to help students when needed. The only acception to this was the art department. It was chaotic and disorganized. Little to no actual art instruction was offered. Students were just told to explore different art mediums and create whatever they wanted. No guidance, no instruction, no improvement to the students' skills at all. That aspect was frustrating, but aside from the art department, Palmer was a good school experience for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2014

This is my daughter's 2nd year at Palmer as a Sophomore. We chose this school instead of others within our school district (2), and 12 because of the IB program and the wonderful reputation Palmer has. She went to North and continued at Palmer and has so far received an excellent education. Her classes keep her challenged and the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. There are plenty of sports, clubs and after school activities to keep kids busy and involved. Yes, it is an open campus in the downtown area and you will see people from different economic stratas which is important in developing good character. If you have a student who is easily led to temptations like smoking and drugs then I would not recommend Palmer for you because there are definitely some negative influences there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

My daughter just graduated and received an excellent education at Palmer High School! Lots of opportunities at this school, and programs to fit all kinds of kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

My son is a freshman, and enjoys Palmer very much, He is actually happy to go to school. His teachers are great at getting him interested.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Diverse, friendly, academically challenging public school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2009

I'm a Freshman this year, and Palmer is making it a really fun year for us! Link Crew is amazing and the upper classmen are really supportive. Teachers are fun, which makes learning easier and time flies by. The only negative i can think of is the druggies at Acacia Park, but you just have to know who to hang around and who not to hang around. And athletes need some serious help. But other then that, Palmer is a great High School! I can't wait to spend the next 4 years here! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Excellent academic training and a social climate where the kids all seem to get along well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Palmer has an excellent faculty who genuinely care about their students and an environment in which kids feel safe, welcome and like they belong. Without that combination, I never would have developed the educational foundation, community involvement and self-confidence that has carried me through college. I am so proud to be a Palmer alumni.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2005

The academic programs are strong, especially with the International Baccalaureate program. There isn't too much in terms of art, but there are acceptable programs for sports, and there are quite a few extracurricular activities. Parents typically don't seem to be too involved, although some are.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2004

I'm enrolled in the PHS IB Programme and that's the only reason why I go there. I don't like some of the teachers that are selected for this programme because several do not teach the curriculum well enough for the students to understand it - however, there isn't much to do because there are specific qualifications for a teacher to become an IB teacher. At times I feel TOO safe because now we have gates - they prevent the defacement of the school, but I never noticed the defacement beforehand, anyway. However, I guess more security is better than none. The discipline isn't strict enough because we can get away with skipping and a lot of the teachers tolerate frequent tardiness. All in all, PHS is a great school and I love that we have the opportunity to eat lunch off campus!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 25, 2004

My daughter has done amazingly at Palmer High School. There is an amazing amount of diversity at the school, that there is very little if any discrimination going on at the school.
—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.

About these ratings

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 39% in 2013.

528 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

528 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

528 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students46%
Female44%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracial36%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Free lunch eligible32%
Reduced lunch eligible37%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities48%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)11%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant46%

Reading

All Students72%
Female75%
Male68%
Black (not Hispanic)66%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Free lunch eligible61%
Reduced lunch eligible58%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)22%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant72%

Writing

All Students55%
Female64%
Male48%
Black (not Hispanic)34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracial36%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Free lunch eligible39%
Reduced lunch eligible45%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)22%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students41%
Female39%
Male42%
Black (not Hispanic)7%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracial38%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Free lunch eligible24%
Reduced lunch eligible41%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English43%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant41%

Reading

All Students73%
Female83%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracial79%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Free lunch eligible58%
Reduced lunch eligible70%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)26%
Proficient in English76%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Science

All Students56%
Female61%
Male52%
Black (not Hispanic)30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracial55%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible38%
Reduced lunch eligible52%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch67%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities58%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English58%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant56%

Writing

All Students53%
Female66%
Male41%
Black (not Hispanic)30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracial52%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Free lunch eligible33%
Reduced lunch eligible59%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch65%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English55%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

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How schools in the state rate:

23%
of schools in the state are Below average
52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

92%

Average ACT score

20

Graduation rate

79%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 56%
Hispanic 25% 32%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Black 5% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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  • Band

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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301 North Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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